NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has decided to pay a private consultant $5,000 to compile a comprehensive study detailing what it would take to initiate a parish-operated trash collection program.
The jury voted 6-5 this week to take the step after an official with Progressive Waste Solutions told members the company could offer the parish savings of about $1.1 million during the life of a proposed five-year contract, if negotiated before Jan. 31.
The parish's current contract with Progressive expires in February 2014.
Parish Administrator Jim Bello told the jury the parish might be able to save from $400,000 to $600,000 by making the change.
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