HARRODSBURG — A 27-year relationship between the city of Harrodsburg and H&B Sanitation ended Tuesday night, and the city’s action could be a fatal body blow to the garbage collection company.
H&B, which stands for Harrodsburg and Burgin, did not submit a bid to the city for the 10-year contract. The City Commission accepted a bid from Republic Services of Kentucky, which does business as M&M Sanitation.
Eddie Burton, whose family owns and operates H&B, said the city contract is about 80 percent of H&B’s business. At the same time H&B holds the contract with the city, Burton has a lawsuit pending in Mercer Circuit Court against the city.
The lawsuit charges that the city takes a 5 percent cut from monthly fees to pay for billing and collection and 2 percent of net receipts “for the privilege of a long-term contract,” therefore not paying H&B the rates promised in its contract.