League City City Council on Tuesday voted 4-3, with Dan Becker, Dennis OKeeffe and Phyllis Sanborn opposed, to approve a contract amount for solid waste and recycling services with BFI Waste Services, doing business as Republic Waste Service, but to hold public hearings and determine the allocation of costs between residential and commercial customers at a future date.
Proposals for the city’s garbage collection and recycling services were received from six providers including Republic Waste Services, as well as Nexus Disposal, Waste Connections of Texas, Waste Management, Ameriwaste, and Progressive Waste Solutions-IESI.
The proposed contract from Republic Waste services had outlined providing twice-weekly residential service and weekly residential recycling collection at a rate of $9.35 per month, a decrease from the current rate of $9.37. Commercial rates under the proposed contract would increase 18.3 percent from current rates. However, those rates may change, as staff was instructed to schedule two public hearings regarding the allocation between residential and commercial, and for council to consider those allocations in December.
The city council voted 5-2, with Becker and OKeeffe opposed, to grant Republic Waste Services with franchise rights for collection of solid waste in the city.
The city council voted 6-1, with OKeeffe opposed, to approve the revised guidelines for the installation of speed humps in existing neighborhoods. The ordinance will be modified to provide residents the opportunity for speed humps to be installed when recorded 85 percent speeds are less than 35 miles per hour, and will provide more detail on roadway types where speed humps can be installed.
Currently, recorded 85 percent speeds on a road is required to be in excess of 35 miles per hour, meaning at least 15 percent of drivers on a road are driving faster than 35 miles per hour, to be considered for speed humps.
The city council voted unanimously to renew a contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for employee medical insurance.
Blue Cross Blue Shield offered a proposal with a flat renewal rate of $4,589,930 to continue with current benefits for city employees. The amount is the same charged in 2012 with the same benefit levels.
The city council voted unanimously to instruct staff to proceed with the purchase of parcels of property as discussed during an executive session.
The city council took no action on a resolution direction the publication and distribution of a supplemental edition of City Matters.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda Supplemental