AC Council meeting

Atlantic City Council holds a meeting at City Hall Feb 8. Some council members are questioning the rush to award the trash-collecting contract, citing a lack of information.

ATLANTIC CITY — City Council will consider privatizing trash collection, awarding a contract for a bike loop and amending rules regarding rolling chairs Wednesday evening.

The council is scheduled to vote on awarding Gold Environmental of New Jersey a three-year, $7.2 million contract to handle the city’s trash and recycling collection.

The measure is intended to cut costs in the cash-strapped city. The city’s 2017 introduced budget listed a $393,313 savings from its Public Works Department this year.

The city pegged the annual cost of doing trash and recycling pickup with 25 workers at $1.95 million last year, but those figures didn’t include big-ticket items such as the cost of replacement trucks or truck and liability insurance.

In addition, the city will consider awarding a $266,425 contract to Command Company LLC to build a bike loop near the Absecon Inlet.

The council will also introduce new rules regarding Boardwalk rolling chairs. The ordinance would allow the city to inspect the chairs more frequently and require the pushers to wear uniforms, among other changes, Licensing & Inspections Director Dale Finch said. The ordinance would let the city collect 50 percent of revenue from advertisements on the chairs, he said.

“We’re just trying to upgrade the whole rolling chair operation,” Finch said.

Council actions are expected at its 5 p.m. Wednesday meeting in City Hall.

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