County eyes purchase of landfill compactor

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday will decide whether to accept a Saratoga County firm’s $469,000 bid for a new county landfill compactor.

The bid from Southworth Milton-Cat of Clifton Park was supported recently by the board’s Economic Development Committee, although it wasn’t the lowest bid the county received.

The bid was, however, about $80,000 less than the county budgeted for the new compactor.

County Solid Waste Department Director Jeff Bouchard presented the committee recently with a proposed board resolution to authorize awarding a bid for a new compactor for the landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown. The board in February had advertised for bids.

He said bids for the heavy equipment were sent to to five companies and were due March 13, with three received.

The bid deal involved a trade-in unit from Fulton County – a 56,000-pound 2003 compactor with an estimated $50,000 trade-in value.

Bouchard said the lowest bid was from Nortrax of Clifton Park, which bid a total of $416,900 with a $60,000 trade-in reduction included. The second lowest bid was a total of $469,676 from Southworth Milton-Cat, with a $68,000 trade-in included. The third bid totaled $519,900 from Al-jon Compactors of Ottumway, Iowa., with a $60,000 trade-in included.

“After extensive review of the specifications, it was determined the lowest bidder doesn’t meet specifications,” Bouchard stated.

He recommended Southworth Milton-Cat’s bid, as the lowest responsible bidder, with its 81,500-pound unit. The committee supported that move and the full board will consider approving the bid at its meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building.

Bouchard said his Department of Solid Waste budget included funding of $550,000, set aside in a 2013 Capital Plan, which was higher than all three bids.

“These are very good prices compared to five years ago,” the solid waste director said.