QPS looks at motor fuel, waste disposal bids

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 25, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools intends to stay with the same vendors for motor fuel and waste disposal and recycling.

Energy Petroleum Company was the lowest of four escalating bids for fuel at a cost of $292,999.50 and won the recommendation of Transportation Director Shane Barnes.

"History shows that the escalating bid has been very good to us, and that's what I propose to go with," Barnes told the Finance Committee on Monday. "We have zero concerns about their services."

Republic Services was the lowest of two bids for three years of waste removal and recycling. The bid was $38,797.78 for the first year, $40,076.38 in the second year and $41,963.60 in the third year.

"We're very happy with their services," Chief of Business Operations Ryan Whicker said, and the cost is "in line with the last three-year bid."

Recycling services provided cover cardboard, paper and plastic.

The School Board is expected to accept both bids at Wednesday's meeting.

Also Monday, committee members:

Learned that the school district's 2018-19 amended budget saw little change from when it was introduced in May.

"There's been no major changes up or down, but a lot of inter-account changes to account for where things were purchased," Whicker said.

The School Board expects to approved the amended budget on Wednesday night.

Heard from Whicker that the school district is 92% through the fiscal year and doing "real well" on all funds. Whicker said the district is projected to finish in the black in all funds.

Reviewed proposed revisions to the Quincy Junior High School and Quincy High School activity accounts. Whicker said several accounts have been inactive for several years but School Board approval is needed to close the accounts and shift remaining funds to a different account.