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Questions surface about garbage totes

Buffalo's success with its garbage totes program might have inspired the Town of Tonawanda to undertake its own townwide program, but the bid specifications are modeled after Rochester's, whose totes some Town Board members don't like.

Some board members believe Rochester's totes are inferior to Buffalo's. And Kenmore officials say they are "uncomfortable" with the bid specifications since the village and town are planning a joint bid for the totes.

The Town Board has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., to discuss the specifications with the village.

Kenmore has prepared its own specifications that are similar to Buffalo's.

"We are a little more comfortable with the specs we have written," said Kenmore Mayor John W. Beaumont.

But town Highway Superintendent Bradley A. Rowles, who prepared the town's bid sheet, said Rochester's totes offer a 10-year warranty and meet national standards.

The town wants to buy 30,000 large totes, 2,500 medium-size ones and 300 small containers. The town recently adopted a $2.3 million bond resolution for the purchase of totes and retrofitting garbage trucks.

Tonawanda Councilman John A. Bargnesi is the biggest opponent of the Rochester-influenced bid sheet.

Bargnesi is advocating totes with thicker walls and larger wheels that can withstand high winds. The town's bid calls for totes with axles 5/8 of an inch thick, 10- to 12-inch tires and the ability to withstand 35 mph winds. Kenmore's and Buffalo's bids specifications are for axles 3/4 inch thick and 12-inch wheels able to withstand wind speed of 45 mph.


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