Oregon city council at a meeting on Monday approved a three year contract with Advance Cleaning Contractors, Inc., Toledo, to provide janitorial services for the municipal complex, the parks and recreation/streets division and water distribution buildings.
The new contract will save the city thousands of dollars per year.
Omni Facility Services, Service Master by Park-Ellis, Toledo Building Services, and ADW, Inc., also submitted bids. Advance Cleaning Contractors submitted the lowest and best bid.
“It’s a company we have dealt with before,” Mayor Mike Seferian said at a committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 5.
The city previously contracted with Toledo Building Services to provide janitorial services.
“Advanced is a company we have used,” said Seferian. “Prior to Toledo Building Services, we used AAA, and prior to that, Advanced. We did experience a very good relationship with Toledo Building Services. We’re sorry to see them leave with such nice people working with them. Our hope is Advanced will have nice people also. If there comes a day when they may be out, we may be sorry to see them leave also.”
“This is a case where I think someone wanted our business and aggressively worked on a low bid because they were interested in picking up new business,” said Administrator Mike Beazley.
Public Service Director Paul Roman said Advanced Cleaning had very good references that were checked by Marty Wineland, superintendent for streets.
Wineland, in a memo sent to Seferian, council and Beazley last month, stated that Josh Carmody, general manager for Advanced Cleaning Contractors, Inc., said he was able to keep costs down by negotiating a new wage tier with the company’s bargaining unit that allowed the company to hire new workers at a lower wage.
“The savings from what we are paying Toledo Building Services now, right off the bat, will be about $9,500 per year for cleaning services,” said Roman. “I am on a first name basis with the cleaning people at Toledo Building Services and I’ve always felt they’ve done an excellent job, and I’m sorry to see them go. But I have no reason not to award this to Advanced Cleaning.”
Also at the meeting, council:
• Authorized the mayor and finance director to enter into a contract with Dr. Gregory E. Forgac, Toledo, to provide pre-employment assessment screenings for the police division at a rate not to exceed $245 per candidate for a three year period beginning Jan. 1, 2013 and ending Dec. 31, 2015. “It’s something we’re required to do when we do background screenings for the police department,” said Seferian. “We don’t do many of these interviews,” said Beazley. “We only do a handful per year.” Forgac, he added, “goes above and beyond the call of duty. He has given us advise without billing us. It’s been a good relationship for the city.” The new contract represents a small increase in the rate. The previous rate was $225 per candidate.
• Accepted the bid of Eclipse Co., LLC, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, to provide labor, material and equipment for Phase II of the Stadium Road Bikeway project.