A Landrieu administration official says after months of negotiations, a dispute between the city and two of its garbage collection contractors, Metro and Richards Disposal, has been resolved and the city has extended their contracts through 2016.
Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin announced the agreement Tuesday at a meeting of the City Council's Sanitation Committee.
The dispute was over the "house count", the actual number of units in the city eligible for sanitation service.
"What we finally concluded in these negotiations, after literally about 24 months of negotiating, was that it was in both the contractors' and city's best interests to rather than debate how many houses there were, to fix that number as this contract now does," Kopplin said.
"And so in addition to securing the continued services of these two high performing contractors, these agreements assure the city the budget certainty that we need in the face of a number of significant and costly obligations," he added.