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New garbage trucks to begin rolling through Anna

Joshua Baethge,
The Anna-Melissa Tribune
Bradshaw & Sons, the waste-disposal company that has served Anna for 25 years, opted not to bid on a new city contract. The city recently conducted a search for a new contractor.

ANNA - Anna residents can soon expect to see different trash and recycling trucks on area streets.

Longtime solid waste disposal partner Bradshaw & Sons opted not to bid on the next city contract.

According to Bradshaw & Sons Office Manager Heather Bradshaw-Hill, the local family owned business decided it was time to move on to a new chapter and go in a different direction with its business.

It has worked with the city of Anna for 25 years and has seen it grow from approximately 450 homes to nearly 7,000.

The company plans to turn its focus toward rural areas and assume a couple of new contracts by the end of the year.

“It’s nothing against the city of Anna,” Bradshaw-Hill said. “We’ve enjoyed it. It's been amazing and we’ve been blessed to have (the contract) for 25 years.”

Anna’s contact with Bradshaw & Sons expires at the end of August. Earlier this spring, the city put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking bids from various companies.

The process was delayed nearly five weeks due to COVID-19, with many potential bidders not wanting to commit to anything during the height of the pandemic.

Ultimately, the city received three bids.

One was from Community Waste Disposal CWD, which handles 29 North Texas cities including Allen, Prosper, Princeton, Little Elm, Van Alstyne and Wylie.

Proposals were also submitted by Frontier Waste Solutions, which has contracts with multiple cities across the state, and Arkansas-based Cards Recycling and Disposal Services (CARDS), which is looking to break into the North Texas market.

A panel made up of Anna Public Works Director Greg Peters, Assistant Public Works Director Steven Smith, City Manager Jim Proce, Assistant City Manager Ryan Henderson, Mayor Pro-Tem Lee Miller and city council member Josh Vollmer interviewed all three candidates last week.

According to Vollmer, each brought different approaches that could potentially help the city.

After discussing the merits of each bid, the committee recommended Cards, a decision supported by Anna Mayor Nate Pike and other council members.

“I think it gives us the opportunity to really do a partnership to align with the city as we’re continuing to grow, but still get that hometown feel that we’ve got,” Vollmer said.

The council’s vote authorizes the city manager to begin final negotiations with Cards. If an agreement cannot be reached, Proce is authorized to reach out to the next vendor.

While nothing is set in stone yet, residents can probably expect some changes.

Cards representatives indicated that they would be willing to have a presence in Anna every day. This would mean that different parts of the city could have different pick-up days.

The vendor change may also lead to lower waste pick-up costs as well.

“Assuming all negotiations go well, we’d probably looking at the last day in August being the last day with Bradshaw,” Assistant City Manager Henderson said. “Then, the new partnership would begin September 1.”