Published on April 18, 2022 at 5:10 p.m.
Carbon County officials awarded a three-year, $2.1 million food service contract at the prison to the second-lowest bidder after a review of bids showed ‘substantial noncompliance’ with the lowest bidder.
The board of commissioners on Thursday rejected Trinity Service Group’s bid for the catering contract, citing surcharges and extra costs not shown in the bid totals, and deviations from the advertised bid specifications by the county.
“When we put out an RFP (request for proposal), we look for certain things. Nothing more, nothing less,” Commissioner Rocky Ahner said. “When it gets out of the way of what we’re asking for, it’s not acceptable. Services have to remember that we’re hiring them, they’re not hiring us.
The county then awarded the contract to Aramark Correctional Services LLC of Philadelphia at a rate per meal of $2.62 in the first year; $2.75 the second year; and $2.89 in year three for a total contract price of $2,167,964.22.
Quotes are based on a total of 261,075 meals delivered each year.
Carbon County opened the bids on March 31 and then filed the bids for review.
Trinity Service had held the food service contract at the correctional facility since August 2013 after the county opted to outsource the kitchen service instead of hosting it in-house.
In 2019, Trinity bid $1,037,238.44 for the current contract.
In February, County received notice from Trinity that it would terminate the agreement when its contract expired on June 1.