Delray Beach City Manager Louie Chapman expects the outside legal review of the city’s trash-hauling contract to be completed “soon.” Whatever that second opinion is, the city’s official position already has changed, just not soon enough.
Last August, the city commission extended until 2021 the contract that Waste Management has had without competitve bidding since 2001. Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General had recommended that Delray Beach seek bids. Since the contract was for $65 million, it should not have required an outsider to make that recommendation.
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