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Bill would set up open processes for contracting solid waste services

By The Star Staff

At-large Rep. José “Ché” Pérez Cordero has introduced House Bill 1113, which would amend Articles 2.112 and 3.058 of the Municipal Code to establish open, competitive and transparent processes for contracting solid waste services.

The legislation will ensure contracts for garbage collection are awarded through tenders.

“The collection of solid waste is an essential service for everyone, so it is essential to ensure the proper use of money,” Pérez Cordero said. “These amendments will not only provide transparency and competitiveness, but will also be made in compliance with what the law states.”

The bill comes less than a week after former Cataño Mayor Félix Delgado Montalvo pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on charges related to his involvement in a bribery conspiracy in which he received weekly cash payments in exchange for awarding municipal contracts to a waste collection company.

The bill recognizes the need to implement initiatives that allow greater controls and accountability in all areas of public administration. In addition, it proposes an implementation of bidding methods that would make it easier to audit the contracts.

The legislation would change the current process established in the Autonomous Municipalities Act and the Municipal Code to ban municipalities from awarding contracts for garbage collection service without conducting public bids or publishing requests for proposals (RFPs). If the contract were to exceed $100,000, the municipality’s auction board would evaluate the proposals in the formal public bidding mechanism. Projects that cost less than $100,000 would have to be carried out through an RFP, which would open up more bidding, competition and inspection.

House Minority Leader Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez, Alternate Minority Leader Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló and Reps. Eddie Charbonier, José “Memo” González and Joel Franqui Atiles signed on to the bill.

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