Following a report by Hudson County View regarding the Jersey City Incinerator Authority awarding an emergency contract to Regional Industries at an extra $250,000 for 75 days, Jersey City Councilmen Richard Boggiano and Michael Yun voiced their displeasure with the cost to taxpayers.
As first reported by Hudson County View, the Jersey City Incinerator Authority Board of Commissioners approved an emergency contract for Regional Industries, LLC â€“ the current waste collector for Jersey City – to perform â€œSolid Waste and Recyclable Materials Night Collection Service for the City of Jersey Cityâ€ over 10 weeks and 5 days at an increased rate of $24,905.87 per week.
The move comes after a failed joint bid for a shared service agreement with Union City for the collection and disposal of solid waste and recyclables.
Jersey City Councilmen Richard Boggiano and Michael Yun were among those not happy to hear about the failed bid and cost to taxpayers.
Boggiano told Hudson County View he had predicted issues that would arise with switching to Regional Industires a year ago, and that he thought state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) of Elizabeth was a big reason for the switch in garbage collectors.
Yun, who expressed his disdain for emergency contracts, said the JCIA shouldâ€™ve request a bid for just Jersey City on top of the joint bid with Union City.
When asked, both Yun and Boggiano acknowledged resident complaints about the service Regional Industries was providing.
Regional Industries did not return a call seeking comment on this story.
Imagine how easier this would be to deal with if the JCIA were merged with MUA and thus under full city control? Unfortunately, Yun and Boggiano have both opposed that common sense and money saving move.
Typo – DPW, not MUA.