Written by Julie Silva Friday, 17 January 2014 07:00
Two years ago, the City of Mission gave notice to Allied Waste's owners BFI of its intention to end its contract after two decades of sanitation service.
The only problem is the contract, which renews itself annually, calls for a five-year notice of cancellation. City Manager Martin Garza said the city has deemed it the "evergreen" contract.
"The mayor and the council believe it's a contract that ties the City of Mission's hands and doesn't allow us to look at other options," Garza said.
Primarily, Garza said, the city wants to start its own sanitation department. But it can't do that and keep paying Allied Waste $400,000 annually to pick up trash. So the city filed suit in 2012, calling the contract unconstitutional. City attorneys are arguing that cities can't approve an evergreen contract without specifying a specific funding source.