For another three years, the trash from 8,000 Wilkinsburg homes will be serviced by the City of Pittsburgh saving the distressed municipality more than $1 million dollars.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl introduced legislation to Council today reaffirming the City's historic Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement (ICA) with the Borough of Wilkinsburg to collect a portion of their municipal waste. The success of the pilot project introduced last year led to the Borough's decision to sign a three-year agreement.
"Saving the people of Wilkinsburg more than $500,000 dollars in one year, we have proved that cooperation with nearby municipalities is the efficient way to do things," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. "Wilkinsburg is so satisfied with the professional and efficient service performed by our employees that they are extending their contract for three more years. When we help our neighbors to drive down the cost of government, we make our region even stronger."
The extended three year agreement, introduced by Council today, sets to save Wilkinsburg more than $1 million dollars.
"We are thrilled to be involved in this partnership with the City," Wilkinsburg Borough Manager Marla Marcinko said. "I am not surprised to hear that other municipalities have contacted the City to perform their waste collection. The service provided by the City has been economically beneficial for our residents and has provided them with the quality service they deserve."
Seeking to provide citizens with a better price for waste collection, both Wilkinsburg and the City of Pittsburgh went out to bid on its trash collection. In both cases, the City of Pittsburgh outbid the private sector, to the amount of an approximate cost of $8.50 per home, versus $14.50 per home.
Wilkinsburg will continue to reimburse the City for the service on a monthly basis. The City estimates such costs at $750,000 for 2008; $772,500 for 2009; and $795,675 for 2010.
Wilkinsburg will provide any snow/ice removal services necessary for the City to complete trash collection services. Wilkinsburg will continue to be responsible for the collection of recyclable materials and will notify residents of collection schedule/requirements.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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