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Yard waste grinding services in St. Pete raise questions about competitive bidding

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St. Pete City Council went ahead and approved a three-year contract with Consolidated Resource Recovery, Inc. for yard waste grinding services despite some concerns raised about the lack of competition for the job and the overall cost effectiveness. The contract would have sailed to swift approval without an iota of discussion had it not been yanked from the consent agenda by former City Council chair Charlie Gerdes. Gerdes questioned whether or not the city could use the $427,700 minimum annual…

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Charlie Gerdes wants to turn dead leaves into teen jobs

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St. Pete City Council will hear a staff report pertaining to the city’s estimated 40,000 tons of yard waste dumped at the city’s brush sites each year. A sole bidder, Consolidated Resource Recovery, is asking for more than $427,000 each year to grind that waste into mulch. That works out to $329 per hour for the service. It’s one of those items that typically flies under the radar and is approved in a blanket motion to approve items on the…

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