Barton County officials found this week that they can save more than $2,500 by changing how they deal with county trash.
County Administrator Richard Boeckman told Barton County Commissioners this week that he had recently sent out a request for proposals to local trash haulers and received proposals back from four of them.
The proposals ran from $553 to $360 per month and the county commissioners approved the lowest proposal from Estes Trash, Great Bend.
Boeckman said the county had experience with Estes. It had already been providing trash services for the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.
The low proposal will save the county $214 per month over what it has been spending, the county administrator added.
The commissioners approved a one-year agreement with Estes Trash, beginning June 2.
The administrator noted that the proposal was for more than just the courthouse, too.
According to information from the county: “On March 29, the County Administrator’s Office requested proposals for trash hauling services for six county office buildings to include the Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility, Health Department, Barton County Office Building, Road and Bridge and Noxious Weed.
“The specifications called for a minimum of three pick up dates per week and proof of insurance,” it was noted.