Lombardi still undecided on private DPW

Lombardi still undecided on private DPW

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Mayor Charles Lombardi says he's still waiting to hear back from the workers at the North Providence Department of Public Works on how far they're willing to go to stave off privatization of the department.

Lombardi told The Breeze he gave the Local 1491-A of Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, the union that represents DPW employees, the opportunity to come up with a savings plan to combat the low bid of $1.54 million from Cardi Corp. to take over operations. Cardi submitted its bid to run the department back in late May.

The mayor has had several meetings with officials from Cardi Corp. since the bid came in, and said so far he has been satisfied that the Warwick-based company would provide all the services the town needs for the amount bid. R.T. Nunes and Sons Inc., of West Warwick, submitted a much higher bid of $1,990,181 for year one of operating the department.

Finance Director Thomas Massaro has said that the total cost of running the DPW right now is about $2.1 million when factoring in fringe benefits and other costs, so the savings would likely be in the $600,000 range if the town was to proceed with a privatization effort. Town DPW workers are currently working without a contract.