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City works to terminate uniform contract
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McMinnville officials are attempting an early termination of an existing uniform contract with Cintas for the Fire Department. The contract is not set to expire until July 2017.Safety Committee members Mike Neal, chairman, Rick Barnes and Ken Smith unanimously agreed to allow city attorney Tim Pirtle to contact company representatives and inform them the city is terminating the contract due to the company’s default of the guarantee section of the agreement which states Cintas “guarantees to deliver the highest quality textile rental service at all times.”The decision came after officials asked Pirtle to review the contracts with Cintas involving the city’s Public Works Department and Fire Department after Public Works director Bill Brock and Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield informed the board Aug. 12 their employees were dissatisfied with the appearance of the uniforms and the performance of the company.Pirtle informed committee members Aug. 26 the contract between Cintas and Public Works was signed on Dec. 13, 2006 and can be terminated on Dec. 13, 2014 with a letter stating the city’s intent to terminate dated at least 60 days prior. However, the contract between Cintas and the Fire Department was signed July 23, 2012 and is not set to expire until 2017.The committee was given two options on terminating the 2017 contract early, with the first being a forced termination.