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July 8, 2013

I have no problem with recycling; it’s wise and profitable. The $4....

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wwhickok

Jul-08-13 10:43 AM

Do you know for a FACT there isn't a company in Williamsport capable of doing so? I don't. I also don't know for a fact there is. I assume, despite my earlier criticism, this avenue was explored. Of course you know what they say about making assumptions.

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farmer

Jul-08-13 9:05 AM

Which local companies are in the business of making this very complicated sorting equipment? This is like suggesting the city should build their own police cars rather than giving the money to Detroit. And yes it is truly profitable, in so many ways.

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wwhickok

Jul-08-13 9:03 AM

Gys, that's fair and you're probably right.

Enigma, yes, that's a good point. Perhaps we don't have any local businesses that could have filled the need. I can't really speculate, I can't say I've done the homework there.

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enigma

Jul-08-13 9:00 AM

Do you think, just maybe, it's because there are no local companies who know how to do this? I know of no local companies with expertise in recycling equipment. Would you hire your plumber to remove your appendix just because he could use the work, or would you go to a surgeon, who has done it before?

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-08-13 7:32 AM

Wwhickok I see your point but on the other hand they are spending our tax dollars and how many would be up in arms if it was known that they had a bid that was, let's say, 200k lower and didn't award that bid? Obviously if they had local bids they weren't competitive. And I'm sure there are rules the county has to follow in the bidding process.

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wwhickok

Jul-08-13 7:16 AM

Gys, you're right but that is not really an excuse. The City Council wants to revive the city, well the only true way to do that is to revive local business. If the people living here, aren't employed or are going out of business, how far does the local government think they're going to get? They can keep raising taxes but eventually, they're going to run out of people who can afford to pay them.

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eriklatranyi

Jul-08-13 6:55 AM

Is it truly profitable?

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-08-13 6:15 AM

I may be mistaken but I imagine it's because those companies probably came in with the lowest bid.

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