Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB) has been selected by the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., to review current garbage and recycling collection programs; provide recommendations/direction for future programs; and oversee the procurement process with vendors.
"Procurements are not without challenge, and they require extensive planning, intense focus, and a tireless effort with the many stakeholders involved," says Tim Giardina, GBB principal associate and project manager for this engagement. "Working together with the City of Fort Wayne, we are confident that we'll help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current collection programs, resulting in service improvements and hopefully cost reductions and significant increase in recycling rates."
As a first step, GBB will review the city's current garbage/recycling collection programs and costs; develop a benchmark comparison to other cities equivalent in size and services; and present findings and recommendations to the city's Solid Waste Contract Committee. Special focus and consideration will be on single stream recycling collection; volume-based collection; and separation of hauling and disposal contracts.
As a second step, GBB will support the procurement process, reviewing and providing draft specifications for the forthcoming bid documents to be issued by the City July 1, 2010; assisting with pre-bid meeting and follow-up to questions; reviewing bids; making recommendations to the Board of Public Works and City Council for approval; and helping with contract negotiations with the selected contractor.