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NEWS STAFF REPORTER

Bidding has been reopened for garbage and recycling totes for two suburbs after potential bidders claimed they never received specifications in the mail.

The Town of West Seneca and City of Lackawanna are working together to buy wheeled garbage totes with attached lids, which are considered an important weapon in combating rodent infestations. West Seneca is looking to buy recycling totes, as well.

“The town attorney mailed the specs to five different companies; only two bid,” Town Clerk Jacqueline A. Felser said Tuesday. “We were kind of surprised.”

Those bids were opened May 30.

Felser said that two bidders called, after the fact, and said they did not receive the specs in the mail. “We don’t know what happened to those,” she said.

Requests for bids routinely are posted on the town’s website. And when specialized goods or services are sought, the specs are sent directly to vendors to encourage more bids, Felser said.

Both of the bids opened May 30 had items that did not meet specifications, Town Attorney Shawn P. Martin noted at the time. And the prices were higher than expected, the town clerk added Tuesday.

The West Seneca Town Board voted last week to reject those bids. The new bid opening date is July 8.

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