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LETTER: Council should keep local contract

To The Telegram: I recently submitted an article to "Use local workers and contractors." Now upon hearing of the possibility of obtaining Hartel's Disposal of Proctor to handle our curbside recycle business, I feel the need to reiterate my positi...

To The Telegram:

I recently submitted an article to "Use local workers and contractors." Now upon hearing of the possibility of obtaining Hartel's Disposal of Proctor to handle our curbside recycle business, I feel the need to reiterate my position on local economic development.

What I would like the the city councilors who approved this change to know is are we dealing with apples to apples on the contract price and the services that will be provided? One of the free of charge services that our current Recycle America facility on Belknap Street and Oakes Avenue is a drop-off site for residents of Superior.

The price difference we are dealing with in this proposed change is $833 a month. But by saving this amount of money there is the possibility of three people losing their jobs in Superior. Currently Recycle America/Waste Management employs nine people, six of whom are residents of Superior. These people pay taxes to our city, county, and the Board of Education.

The school board, in fact, in 2001 awarded a contract to Reuben Johnson & Sons to build the middle school even though they had submitted a bid that was roughly $200,000 more than an out of town contractor. Therefore keeping our investment current and future education in the hands of people living and working here.

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One of the comments in my previous letter was for Superior to retain the people we have living and working in our city. Let's not force them out of town by lack of current employment due to our out sourcing of local services. I urge the Redevelopment Authority of the city and the city councilors to remain with the current local recycle facility by providing local employment for local people.

-- Dan Olson

Superior

Editor's note: The Superior City Council has not made a decision about the city's recycling contract. The council referred the issue to the city's finance committee, which has not met since the referral was made.

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