County seeks $2.9 million from garbage contractor

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As the Madera County Board of Supervisors goes about the business of seeking a new contractor for its garbage franchises, the county administration is suing the present contractor for money it says the company wrongly kept over four years.

In its lawsuit, filed March 5 in Madera County Superior Court, the county alleges Madera Disposal Systems, Inc., owes Madera County more than $2.9 million plus 10 percent interest in profits from the recycling facility at the Fairmead Landfill.

“That’s the excess profits on the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility),” said County Administrative Officer Eric Fleming. “That’s about $700,000 a year they should have returned to the county.”

Fleming said the county hired an outside attorney and a forensic accountant to look over the contract with Madera Disposal for operation of the MRF. These consultants could find no part of the contract which could justify the payments to the county being withheld...

 

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