Holstine had told the authority board the project did not need to be bid out, Summers responded.
However, Holstine responded that although he had informed the board members that they were not required to bid the project out, that he did encourage them to do so.
After the meeting had concluded, Summers claimed the authority had contacted numerous companies about a possible partnership and that West Virginia Recycling Services was the only one that responded.
Carper also took another authority board member to task during the meeting. Board member Greg Sayre also attended the meeting, during which Carper said he could not even discuss the issue with him because of conflicts of interest.
"You have a conflict of interest as big as this courthouse," Carper told Sayre.
Sayre is the Department of Environmental Protection's appointee to the board. He is also a registered lobbyist, whose clients include West Virginia Cashin, a for-profit recycler.
Carper asked Sayre if his client had filed a lawsuit against West Virginia Recycling Services to block the deal with the authority. Sayre said his client had in fact filed a lawsuit against the company because of name infringement.
However, he denied it was done to block the deal between the company and the authority board.
"You should just resign (from the board)," Carper told Sayre.
Sayre said the lawsuit had been filed because there were several companies in the state that have names similar to West Virginia Recycling Services. Sayre will not resign, he said after the meeting.
In other commission news: The commissioners unanimously agreed to purchase radios for Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department up to the tune of about $4,000.
The fire department officials had originally told the commissioners that they would be able to purchase the radios on their own. However, the fire department officials recently changed their tune and now say they do not have the money to purchase the radios.
Commissioners will pay the radio vendor directly.
Commissioners also agreed to close the courthouse on Christmas Eve. The courthouse will also be open for half a day on New Year's Eve.