Harford's single stream recycling to be expanded

Harford County's refuse and recycling collection will be expanded to include other county agencies after the single stream program proved to be very successful.

The Harford County Board of Estimates approved the change order for $43,160 to Waste Industries of Maryland, of Street, Thursday morning. The amended contract will total $125,000.02.

"Each department utilizing this contact will pay invoices from their own general funds," notes a memo for Tim Myers, chief of facilities and operations, to Director of Procurement Deborah Henderson.

Henderson said 15 additional buildings, including the Emergency Operations Center and the office on aging, wanted to be a part of the collection service.

Equipment purchases

Thirty marked patrol cars, Chevrolet Caprice models, for the Harford County Sheriff's Office will be purchased for $822,870, or $27,429 each, from Criswell Chevrolet Inc., of Gaithersburg.

Fleet manager Warren Patrick explained the patrol cars the county has purchased in the past have been produced in Australia and takes six months to receive them.

Buying the Chevrolet models will save the county time obtaining the cars.

The cars that will be decommissioned will most likely be taken to the Bel Air Auto Auction, Henderson said.

Five International 7400 dump trucks will be purchased for $655,985, or $131,197 each, from Hickory International Inc., of Bel Air.

The trucks, for parks and recreation, will replace trucks that have exceeded their useful life expectancy and have become unreliable.

The resale of the depreciated units is anticipated at $15,000 to $17,000 at auction.

Two bids were received for the purchase and Hickory provided the lowest bid.

A tub grinder will be replaced with a newer model for $298,665 from Vermeer Mid Atlantic, of Annapolis.

The department of procurement's fleet management division will trade the existing unit, a 1996 model year, for $52,000. The contract price reflects the trade amount.

The current grinder is in need of more than $30,000 in repair and has 18,000 hours of use.

In addition, the unit helps dispose of yard and storm waste and, because of this, generates $180,00 in revenue a year.

"Basically, it will pay for itself," Patrick told the board.

A John Deere 744K 4WD loader will be purchased for $318,451.36 from JESCO, of Baltimore, to replace a unit, a 2004 model year, that would cost $57,000 to repair.

"This piece of equipment is vital to landfill operations as it is our largest loader and is used to load material that needs to be composted and screened," read a memo from Patrick to Henderson.

Design services

Stearns Conrad and Schmidt Consultants, SCS Engineers, of Columbia, will provide engineering services for phase one of the former Spencer's rubble landfill closure.

The contract was approved for $559,251.

The county has an agreement with the state for closure of the facility, Dan Pazdersky, chief engineer for the environmental services division, said.

The project will be done in two phases, the first consisting of design work, and phase two involving construction.

Funding for phase two will be brought before a future board of estimates meeting and is pending approval of additional capital funds.

County treasurer Kathryn Hewitt explained funding for the project has already been reserved in the county's fund balance.

Seven total bids were received for the project and three were chosen for further consideration and ranked.

SCS Engineers received the highest scores for its technical and cost proposals.

Fence repairs

In an amount not to exceed $500,000, P&H Fencing LLC, of Baltimore, and Best Fence LLC, of Glen Burnie, will provide various types of fencing and related repairs around the county. The contract also locks in unit prices.

"This will be a requirements contract where a direct purchase will be issued upon receipt of a proposal based on line item pricing for each project considered," a memo from Paul Magness, chief of capital planning and development for parks and recreation, to Henderson reads.

The companies were the two lowest bids out of five total.

Other business:

In a contract not to exceed $194,410, Coastal Gunite Construction Company, of Cambridge, will provide storm drain, culvert and bridge repair throughout on an as-needed basis.

The contract is for one year with two one-year options.

Four bids for the contract were received and Coastal came in with the lowest.

The county's fire department narrowband paging system will be upgraded by Motorola, of Schaumburg, Ill., for $149,325.

The current 460.600 megahertz system, used for paging fire and EMS personnel and as a dispatch channel, will be upgraded.

Mobile phones and air cards for the Harford County Sheriff's Office will be purchased from Nextel Communications, of Carol Stream, Ill., for $157,356.

The new equipment will support the sheriff's office E-Tix program. Out of the current 382 devices, 207 are for the program.

Software to manage daily operations of the emergency operations radio system and components will be purchased from Government Technologies Group LLC, of Mount Laurel, N.J., for $191,703.09.

CommSHOP Asset Management Solution will also track equipment issues, repairs and inventory.

Four bids were received and Government Technologies was the lowest bidder.

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