Quality service will continue
Solid waste is one of the core services the city provides and the quality of that service is important to our residents and businesses. [“Low bidder for waste contract slams Bellevue council decision,” NWTuesday, Oct. 1].
Republic Services has provided Bellevue with superior garbage and recycling collection for more than 30 years. By all measures, they do an outstanding job, which is why the City Council chose to stay with Republic for a new contract.
This vendor-selection process was conducted in an open and transparent manner consistent with state law. This was not a competitive bid process that required selection based on price alone. The selection criteria made clear that service quality and reliability were key to our final decision. Like many choices each of us make in buying products and services, price is rarely the sole consideration. The history of service, the value to the community and the impact of changing vendors were also carefully considered.
We scrutinized extensive information gathered through the evaluation process, considered dozens of public comments and reviewed the issues at four City Council meetings before reaching our decision.
The decision to move forward with Republic was made in the best interests of Bellevue residents and businesses. It was based on information provided in the proposals and public comments, as well as the judgment we, as policymakers, are expected to exercise each and every day.
Jennifer Robertson, Deputy Mayor of Bellevue