New 3 year contract for Nickolich

New 3 year contract for Nickolich

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Mckeesport, PA

#1 Nov 17, 2011
Garbage contract approved in McKeesport
Thursday, November 17, 2011
By Jonathan Barnes
McKeesport council on Wednesday approved a new three-year contract with its garbage collection and disposal firm, Clairton-based Nickolich Sanitation.

Some council members, though, had questioned the contractor's hauling and billing practices, but after a short discussion, council approved the contract by a 4-3 vote.

Council members A.L. Tedesco, Darryl Segina and Fawn Walker-Montgomery voted against approving the contract.

"I think there's a cloud hanging over this bill. I think we should reject it," Mr. Segina said before the vote.

For several months, council members have questioned why the garbage being collected in the city increased from 10,000 tons annually to 12,000 tons. City controller Ray Malinchak funded an investigation into Nickolich Sanitation's work performance for the city, and found McKeesport may have been wrongly charged as much as $300,000 over a two-year period.

Jonathan Barnes, freelance writer: [email protected] m.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11321/1190628-...
MOB Valley

Eatonton, GA

#2 Nov 17, 2011
why would you give this mafia connected company a 3 year contract while in the past he was padding the bills??
who's pockets are being filled up?
what azzholes voted on this? AMAZING !!
no wonder west mifflin dumped this crook, why didnt someone contacted BIG's Sanitation, and get a much lower price with NO contract.????
BIG's will accept a contract but you dont need one, hire the company ,if your not satified,fire him, he cant make it any easier,eh?
read more here:

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories...
Casper

Orange, CA

#3 Nov 17, 2011
Risha's ghost still tugs on the lame and puppet board members..........
He even has powers from the grave,,,,
HAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
Poltergeist Loses

Mckeesport, PA

#4 Nov 17, 2011
Casper wrote:
Risha's ghost still tugs on the lame and puppet board members..........
He even has powers from the grave,,,,
HAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
He beat good in a card game, but I let him kept score.
Great Idea

Dravosburg, PA

#5 Nov 18, 2011
Have them pick up other community's recycling and count it towards our total.
Ernie T

Eatonton, GA

#6 Nov 18, 2011
Why couldnt they wait until the NEW school board members took over to give out new contracts? Were any bids put out? I didnt see any in the newspapers as required by law?
Sounds like kickbacks are on the way.I never seen a more corrupt board than we have in mckeesport.

you voted them in so its your problem now
Per Tube City Almanac

Mckeesport, PA

#7 Nov 19, 2011
By Jason Togyer
The trash hauling company whose billing led to months of controversy this summer has been awarded a new three-year contract.
At Wednesday's meeting, city council voted 4-3 to keep Nickolich Sanitation of Clairton as McKeesport's trash collection service. In addition, Nickolich also will begin collecting the city's recyclables.
Councilors Darryl Segina, A.J. Tedesco Jr. and Fawn Walker-Montgomery voted against the contract.
At $80.21 per ton for the first year of the contract, Nickolich's quote was the lowest of four companies that bid on the contract. Other bids were $108.60 per ton from Big's Sanitation of Rostraver Township,$109.20 from Waste Management of North Huntingdon Township and $120 from Greenridge Waste Services of Scottdale, Westmoreland County.
Recycling is currently collected by two public-works department employees. Nickolich bid $50,000 to collect recycling as part of the garbage contract. Other bids for recycling collection were $48,600 from Big's,$128,520 from Waste Management and $217,872 from Greenridge.
Earlier this month, Nickolich also won a contract to collect trash in Rostraver Township, according to the Valley Independent, though Rostraver commissioners cited the McKeesport controversy as the reason for awarding Nickolich an agreement for one year instead of three.
Nickolich has been collecting the city's trash since 2009 --- with apparently no public complaints until February, when an anonymous letter was sent to McKeesport officials, claiming that the company was billing the city for trash collected in other municipalities. Nickolich bills the city by the ton; since the company took over the contract, the amount of tonnage for which the city has been billed has increased about 20 percent.
In the midst of a five-way race for the Democratic nomination for mayor, the accusations - strongly and categorically denied by Nickolich - set off months of arguments.
City Controller Ray Malinchak, a candidate for mayor in the November election, paid for his own investigation of Nickolich. Malinchak has not made that investigation public, though in September he announced that it revealed "systematic" overcharging, along with other evidence of wrong-doing that he said he turned over to federal and state law enforcement agencies.
Walker-Montgomery questioned why city council never followed through with its own promised investigation. "We all voted to have a report done, investigating the tonnage," she said. "I don't feel that I can vote on this, because I don't feel like I ever got all of the information."
Tedesco agreed: "We voted to conduct an investigation and we failed to do it."
But Council President Mike Cherepko said he sent certified letters to seven different firms asking them to bid on an investigation of the trash hauling contract. All seven declined.
Cherepko questioned why --- if Malinchak's investigation really turned up wrong-doing --- the controller didn't make it public. "If I were Mr. Malinchak, nothing would have made me happier than to slap that report down in everyone's face," Cherepko said.

The decision to award the recycling contract to Nickolich was the reason for his "no" vote, Segina said.
The city's recycling program is "absolutely horrible," Segina said. "Do we really want to put more money into this program? There are people in this town who don't have recycling bins. There are people in this town who don't have recycling schedules. I think we need to hold off on this."
Every ton of recyclable material that goes into the trash increases the city's waste hauling bill, while providing no income, Segina said. "We're spending $180,000 right now for our recycling program, and our revenue from recycling is $6,000," he said.
The two employees currently detailed to recycling would be better utilized in the street department, which is currently short-handed, Cherepko said. "We're getting ready to go into winter right now, and that's the last place I want to be short," he said.
Point of Order

Dravosburg, PA

#8 Nov 19, 2011
Aside from these 7 phantom letters, was it publicly advertised for?
Trash talker

Mckeesport, PA

#9 Nov 19, 2011
Not sure what phantom letters you're referring to, but the job was publicly advertised in the Snooze, resulting in bids from Big's, Waste Management, Greenridge and Nickolich.
Mum is the Slilent Word

Mckeesport, PA

#10 Nov 19, 2011
Per Tube City Almanac wrote:
By Jason Togyer
The trash hauling company whose billing led to months of controversy this summer has been awarded a new three-year contract.

Cherepko questioned why --- if Malinchak's investigation really turned up wrong-doing --- the controller didn't make it public. "If I were Mr. Malinchak, nothing would have made me happier than to slap that report down in everyone's face," Cherepko said.
It seems like the Council President attempted to bait the Controller to share the report. The Controller kept silent on the matter for some reasons.
Dont Mess With My Vendor

Mckeesport, PA

#11 Nov 19, 2011
Point of Order wrote:
Aside from these 7 phantom letters, was it publicly advertised for?
The City can contract for professional services and not advertise for such per the charter.

They pay about a $1.8 million a year for health benefits premiums and the previous mayor refused to advertise for a broker of record and go out for competitive bids. The controller brought this up several times at council meeting.

So much for transparency.
Different Matter

Dravosburg, PA

#12 Nov 19, 2011
Trash talker wrote:
Not sure what phantom letters you're referring to, but the job was publicly advertised in the Snooze, resulting in bids from Big's, Waste Management, Greenridge and Nickolich.
The seven letters Cherepko allegedly sent out to firms to investigate TrashGate.

Since: Sep 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Nov 19, 2011
i know people who work for Nickolich and he is a crook.he don't pay his employes on time.my friend said one time Nickolish refuse to pay his employes on a friday because he wanted them all to work on a saturday, so for everyone to get there pay check they had to come to work for him on a saturday even if they did't work on the weekends,and i also herd he also like to short his employes by a couple of hours every now and then. i live in clairton and have a CDL and i would't work for him because if he refuse to pay me of short me by even one dollar i would kick his "FAT ASS UP AND DOWN HIS JUNK YARD"
Be Fair

Mckeesport, PA

#14 Nov 20, 2011
yellow boy wrote:
i know people who work for Nickolich and he is a crook.he don't pay his employes on time.my friend said one time Nickolish refuse to pay his employes on a friday because he wanted them all to work on a saturday, so for everyone to get there pay check they had to come to work for him on a saturday even if they did't work on the weekends,and i also herd he also like to short his employes by a couple of hours every now and then. i live in clairton and have a CDL and i would't work for him because if he refuse to pay me of short me by even one dollar i would kick his "FAT ASS UP AND DOWN HIS JUNK YARD"
You must have evidence to prove your charges. It is not fair to to take a shot at him without hard evidence.
Human Resources

Mckeesport, PA

#15 Nov 20, 2011
yellow boy wrote:
i know people who work for Nickolich and he is a crook.he don't pay his employes on time.my friend said one time Nickolish refuse to pay his employes on a friday because he wanted them all to work on a saturday, so for everyone to get there pay check they had to come to work for him on a saturday even if they did't work on the weekends,and i also herd he also like to short his employes by a couple of hours every now and then. i live in clairton and have a CDL and i would't work for him because if he refuse to pay me of short me by even one dollar i would kick his "FAT ASS UP AND DOWN HIS JUNK YARD"
So he made them work over-time and their "end of the week" paycheck was doled out on a Saturday.
So he docked folks for hours they may not have been on the clock during an 8/10 or 12 hour shift. They're hourly workers, right?
Sounds like a tough, no-nonsense employer.
How does that make him a crook?

Since: Sep 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Nov 21, 2011
Human Resources wrote:
<quoted text>So he made them work over-time and their "end of the week" paycheck was doled out on a Saturday.
So he docked folks for hours they may not have been on the clock during an 8/10 or 12 hour shift. They're hourly workers, right?
Sounds like a tough, no-nonsense employer.
How does that make him a crook?
slavery is over

Since: Sep 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Nov 21, 2011
Human Resources wrote:
<quoted text>So he made them work over-time and their "end of the week" paycheck was doled out on a Saturday.
So he docked folks for hours they may not have been on the clock during an 8/10 or 12 hour shift. They're hourly workers, right?
Sounds like a tough, no-nonsense employer.
How does that make him a crook?
slavery is over dude.
Stop Slander

Mckeesport, PA

#18 Nov 21, 2011
yellow boy wrote:
<quoted text>slavery is over dude.
Do not slander the contractor unless you have indisputable evidence and you are willing to do something about it.

If you have evidence or know persons willing to be interviewed then contact the investigative firm the controller hired or send City elected officials the information.
Second Opinion

Mckeesport, PA

#19 Nov 24, 2011
Stop Slander wrote:
<quoted text>
Do not slander the contractor unless you have indisputable evidence and you are willing to do something about it.
If you have evidence or know persons willing to be interviewed then contact the investigative firm the controller hired or send City elected officials the information.
It could be that the trash situation could be explained once the Council President finds and hires an investigative firm. It is always good to get a second opinion.

t could be that the Council President has a firm hired but does not want to reveal it yet. We have to wait this one out.
The Liar King II

Dravosburg, PA

#20 Nov 26, 2011
Second Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
It could be that the trash situation could be explained once the Council President finds and hires an investigative firm. It is always good to get a second opinion.
t could be that the Council President has a firm hired but does not want to reveal it yet. We have to wait this one out.
He's just following in his mentor's footsteps.

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