City to begin picking up Westwood Shores trash
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TRINITY – A contract to collect garbage in the Westwood Shores subdivision near Trinity was given approval last week by the Trinity City Council. During their meeting, the council approved a contract that calls for the city to provide five eight-cubic-yard dumpsters to the subdivision and to empty them three days a week. The Westwood Shores Property Owners Association (WSPOA) will pay the city $1,600 a month for the service. A representative of the WSPOA noted they currently are having the service performed by Pro Star Waste of Goodrich but that their current contract ends on April 1. “While are not inside the city, we feel we are a part of the city,” she said. “We would rather pay the city for this service if you a willing to do it.” Under the plan, the five dumpsters will be located at a central point inside Westwood Shores and the city will only be responsible for collecting the trash placed inside the containers. Mayor Lyle Stubbs told the council that former City Manager Phil Patchett had been working on costs estimates to insure the city would make money on the deal prior his apparent suicide attempt on Feb. 16 (See related story on page 1A). “In fact the day it happened, we we’re supposed to have a meeting with the POA folks to finalize the plan,” Stubbs said. Stubbs indicated that Patchett’s study indicated the city would make a profit but noted the council could always revisit the issued if problems arise. The POA representative indicated there could be some flexibility on the amount the city receives should they fail to make a profit. Interim City Manager Buddy Drake also noted that the contract would allow either the city or the POA to end the agreement with a 30-day notice. Stubbs noted that he authorized the city to order the five dumpsters at a cost of $1,150 each but noted that should the council decide not to pickup the Westwood Shores trash, the city could make use of all five in other areas of town. “We should be able to recover the cost of all five dumpsters in about three and a half months,” Stubbs added. Drake told the council that because Westwood Shores is located within the city’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), the city could legally pick up the garbage. The ETJ is the area around cities in which the cities have limited authority. Drake noted that in cities the size of Trinity, the ETJ extends out half a mile from the city limits. It was noted that the city’s garbage truck pass by the entrance to Westwood Shores going to and from the landfill where the city’s garbage is dumped. It was estimated that once compacted, the trash from the five dumpsters would fill about half of truck’s storage capacity. Other business During the meeting, the council also: • Named Joyce Baker as the early voting clerk for the upcoming city council/mayor election. The council tabled action on naming an election judge until their April 8 meeting. • Agreed to contract with Klotz Association to handle the renewal of the city’s wastewater permit with the state. Drake noted that the cost of renewing the permit normally ranging from $4,000 to $5,000. • Learned that a $513,000 Hurricane Ike recovery grant is getting closer to being available for the city to use. Although the money is coming from the federal government, the grant program is being administered by the state. • Heard from Lois Saldana during the public forum portion of the meeting. Saldana told the council she wanted to publicly dispel rumors about her candidacy for the mayor’s position in the May 8 city election. “Nobody else was involved in my decision to run for mayor and when the election is over, regardless of who wins, I will still be myself,” she said.