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May 9 General Elections
Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted 4-1, with Felicia Kyle opposed, to renew a contract with Waste Management of Texas for solid waste and recycling services.

The contract was renewed for a term to end in September 2016. Services will remain at current rates through October 2012, with a Consumer Price Index adjustment afterward.

The contract also includes an option to negotiate a redistribution of rates between residential and commercial customers.

“In looking at the split between residential and commercial, commercial makes up three percent of the customers but 33 percent of the revenues,” Director of Finance Claire Bogard said. “Residential is 97 percent of the customers and 67 percent of the revenues. The renewal contract leaves the rates as is but with an option to redistribute rates if desired at anytime during the contract.”

The contract also provides recycling services to city facilities at no charge, as well as availability of a truck and driver at city events for public education for up to 40 hours per year, and five solar power compactors with attached recycling containers.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a request for a conditional use permit to allow the operation of a consignment shop at 4904 Walnut Street. The property previously had a single family home, which had been removed. The owner had proposed moving a 1,700 square foot building onto the property for use as the consignment shop.

The city council voted unanimously to grant a request for a conditional use permit to allow for petroleum or petroleum product extraction, refining, manufacturing or bulk storage at 4344 South Main.

The permit was requested by Airgas Specialty Gases in order to expand the business’s existing facility. The facility is located in a Heavy Industrial District.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Tricia Trunek to the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee. Trunek will fill an unexpired term that ends in November.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $505,000 contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc. for engineering services associated with the Hatfield Basin Trunk Sewer Project.

The project includes installation of 6,230 feet of 30-inch sewer trunk line and 5,550 feet of 24-inch sewer trunk line along Hatfield Road, as well as 12-inch sewer line connecting to the trunk lines.

The construction estimate for the project is $3.824 million.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $340,358 contract to Arcadia U.S., Inc. for engineering services associated with the Longwood Wastewater Treatment Plant Rehabilitation Project.

The city council took no action on the annual evaluation of City Attorney Darrin Coker.

The city council took no action regarding the city manager’s evaluation and performance goals for 2010-2011.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present.  Agenda

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