The Village of Wellington will get a new solid waste management contractor in early 2022, and on Wednesday, September 22, the Wellington Public Safety Committee received an update on the progress of the change.
The new contract between the Village of Wellington and FCC Environmental Services Florida replaces the current agreement with Waste Management for the solid waste and recyclable collection service in the community.
Along with a slight increase in the non-ad valorem assessment fee, more promises were made for a smooth transition from the new Orlando-based supplier.
Wellington initially had a five-year contract with the former Waste Management supplier for a lump sum. After the initial period, the contract could be renewed annually, but the price could increase. The contract passed its initial period, and the village was considering a substantial price increase.
Wellington issued a call for tenders and received four responses with excellent references, experience and other ratings. FCC, the lowest bidder, currently serves 110,000 homes in unincorporated Palm Beach County.
Committee member John Archambo said in his day job he saw the new business in action and the village should be impressed. He pointed out that some people’s trash day will not change, but the location of the pickup on the road could. “So have your trash cans curbside by 7am early in the morning, until you know when they usually arrive,” he said.
The village can terminate the new contract if it is not satisfied with the service, which will start with the new calendar year. There will be no change in service requirements or twice weekly pickup schedule. Up to five percent of customers could experience a change in day or time of service. The new business will cost residents an additional $ 2.50 per month, but representatives are promising an increase in the level of service.
Wellington’s operations supervisor Jesse Wright was available to update planning and FCC General Manager Joseph Sandora was on hand to explain how the company handles planning.
There are back-up plans in case suppliers cannot meet deadlines as a result of COVID-19 delays and shutdowns. “They’ll rent trucks from us if the new ones aren’t ready,” Sandora said.
In other cases:
• The committee reviewed its choices for this year’s Wellington Top Cop. The nominees were Detective Jason Villiers and Deputy Bradley Shouse. While both had solid credentials, the committee favored Villiers.
When it comes to Wellington Top Firefighter, there was only one candidate to consider, Lieutenant Jen Kleier, appointed by Battalion Commander Ernst Muller.
The final selections will be formalized by Wellington Village Council at its meeting on October 26, which will be attended by the highest honored officer and firefighter.
• Representatives from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue provided the brief report and stood ready to answer questions. Starting this week, all responses in the PBCFR trucks will be in crews of three and four.
• Chair Michael Weil asked if the committee’s essay competitions should continue, and the consensus was that they should.
• The new Village Golf Cart Ordinance is expected to be reviewed at the next Wellington Village Council meeting. Lt. Eli Shaivitz of the PBSO warned against pushing too hard on what is being said about it on social media. He noted an exaggerated message warning “police cracking down on golf carts in schools”.
“We handed out flyers to parents on golf carts,” he said. “No quote was written.”