MORGANTOWN — City Manager Paul Brake is expected to recommend a new five-year contract that will keep Republic Services as the city’s trash and recycling hauler for the next five years.

According to information provided in the upcoming city council meeting packet, Brake will ask for council’s blessing to begin negotiations with Republic, who’s current exclusive franchise agreement with the city expires on Sept. 31.

Republic was one of three contractors to respond to the city’s request for proposals, along with Advanced Disposal Service of Western Pa. and Mountain State Waste.

Trash pickup has, at times, been a hot topic at city hall.

One of the concerns repeated most often is that the exclusive contract with Republic simply doesn’t allow the city to levy any meaningful penalties for missed service.

Brake said that will be among his goals entering negotiations, which he views as a means to reset the relationship.

“We really want to reboot and to look at an entirely different arrangement with them, and that’s an important part. That we, in essence, have some teeth in the contract,” Brake told The Dominion Post.