Contracts approved for city uniforms, porta-potties, rugs & more

A number of contracts were approved or renewed by the Alpena Municipal Council this week, for everything from uniforms to portable toilets.

Continental Linen Services of Alpena will supply the city’s department of public works with uniforms for at least the next three years after submitting the lowest bid. The cost of the service will increase by approximately 10% in year one and 6% in years two and three.

Gravel aggregate prices are going up anywhere from 12% – 22%. A one-year contract extension was awarded to Specification Stone Products.

The monthly rental rate for portable toilets in going up considerably in 2023. The city is currently paying Hall’s Serv-All $74 a month for regular porta-potties, and $105 per month for handicap models. Those prices will jump up to $115 and $155 respectively in the new year, which represents increases of 55% and 48%. City council approved the new prices for one year and said it would bid out the service after that time.

City engineer Steve Shultz said Hall’s blamed the increase on high fuel prices and high rates it must pay for toilets.

The city will also pay considerably more for weekly rug service. Continental Linen Services will receive an approximate 30% increase to place rugs at city hall, the Public Safety Facility and the department of public works.

And A-1 Tree Service will continue to grind stumps for the city in 2023. The one-year contract extension includes a modest increase of 3%.