By Bonnie Culverhouse
After a less than acceptable attempt to get bidders willing to operate the landfill, Webster Parish Police Jurors hosted a pre-bid meeting Wednesday to hopefully answer questions from potential buyers for the property.
Three interested persons attended the meeting, while others participated via Zoom.
“This is a non-mandatory pre-bid conference that we hope will be helpful in your analysis in whether or not to move forward with bid,” Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson said. “We may not have a lot of answers for you. We are really here to hear your questions and gather information to send back out to everyone.”
Jackson said those answers would likely be in the form of existing documents and make reference to public filings.
Some of the interested potential bidders include Madden Contracting Co. of Minden, Greenway Environmental Services, Republic Services and Live Oak Environmental, LLC.
Most of the questions, emailed and asked in person, centered around the current contract with Republic Services and what it will take for them to exit their contract, as well as the amount of tonnage the landfill accepts and the permits.
Some emailed questions covered a 10-year history of financials and waste tonnage by type.
While the police jury has owned the landfill for more than 25 years, they have not operated it since 1997. Since that time, it has always been operated by a private company.
Sealed bids will be opened at 2 p.m. Monday, August 30 in police jury room of the Webster Parish Courthouse annex. The public is invited to attend.