Although Hermitage city officials did not want to say for sure until they had checked the numbers, it appears the second round of residential solid waste bids came in a little lower than the court-rejected first set.

As with the first round, Waste Management of Moon Township, Allegheny County, submitted the apparent low bid, for weekly collection of garbage and every-other-week pickup of recyclables and yard waste, such as grass clippings and leaves. Residents are not required to put out yard waste for pickup, but the city must make the option available.

Tri-County Industries, Pine Township, tendered the apparent low bid for weekly pickup of garbage, recyclables and yard waste, but that option would cost residents more than the bi-weekly proposal.

City commissioners will award a contract at 5 p.m. Monday.

Commissioners previously awarded a contract to Waste Management but Tri-County and city resident David C. Mancino sued, charging Waste Management’s bid had serious defects.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson ruled that none of three sets of bids conformed with the city’s specifications and ordered that a new set of bids be received.

The city wants to continue the current collection system from March 1 through July 31, and then implement changes, including the option of two sizes of toters, single-stream recycling and the pickup of yard waste, on Aug. 1. City officials wanted a short period of no change to educate residents about their new options.

The contract will run through July 31, 2014.

Waste Management changed its pricing strategy by proposing a fixed base rate for each of the five years following the initial education period, instead of having an annual price increase.

For the bi-weekly option, residents would pay $15.72 a month for a toter or $3.75 for a bag for the first five months of the contract, and than a base rate of $13.19 a month for the next five years.

On top of the base rate, residents would pay $2 a month for a 35-gallon cart or $2.50 a month for a 95-gallon cart.

Tri-County proposed a lower base rate, but its charges for toters are higher.

Residents who like the option of putting out their own bags will pay $4 for a tag to affix to their own bags, if the Waste Management plan is approved.

For five years, residents have been paying $12.60 a month for 95-gallon toters and $3.90 for a Tri-County bag.

Tri-County’s contract was to end Saturday but, in light of the judge’s order, the company agreed to extend the contract by a month at a cost of $15 for residents with toters, and a bag cost of $3.90.

Waste Management’s bid charges more for tags, bulk items, white goods and volume pickups than Tri-County’s bid.

Browning-Ferris Industries of Ohio also submitted a bid, but its prices are higher.

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