Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

May 12, 2014

Last-minute offer tips scales for trash deal

Corsicana — The Corsicana City Council approved raising trash collection rates when the group met in regular session Monday evening.

The contract with Allied Waste expires in October, and the city has been negotiating a renewal with the company for awhile now, but by Monday they were at an impasse.

Allied officials stated that they couldn’t bring as much trash to the city’s landfill as in the past, because it’s cheaper to take to their own landfills. But that money helps pay for the city’s brush and bulk trash collection, and for the clean-ups the city does around town when people dump illegally in creeks and sides of the road. The sanitation department also pays money into the general fund to help rebuild streets damaged by the trash trucks.

Allied was contracted to bring in 244,000 yards of trash per month, but they wanted to only bring in 155,000. The difference would cost the city about $138,000 a year in landfill income.

During the council’s work session, Allied General Manager Kevin Flanagan offered to make a phone call to his bosses to see if anything further could be done, and he returned with a counter-offer of 165,000 yards.

That seemed to make a difference for the council, because less than 15 minutes later they voted unanimously to renew the contract and raise the trash collection rates.

Under the new deal, residents will have their rates increased by $1.50 a month, commercial collections will go up 10 percent, there will be an increase in gate fees at the landfill, and there will be changes in how much brush the city will collect without charging a higher rate.

Currently, residents can leave out 10 cubic yards of limbs and the city will collect it. Under the new system, the maximum will be five yards. If people leave out more than five cubic yards, they’ll be charged $16 per yard.

Even with the increases in fees, and the additional amount brought to the landfill, the city will still lose about $78,000 in revenue, said City Manager Connie Standridge. That money will mean less funding for street repairs, Standridge said.

The city’s residents haven’t had a garbage rate increase for the last five years, Standridge pointed out.

Flanagan said they were glad they could renew the contract with the city. It will be good for another five years.

“Nobody likes an increase, but it warrants an increase for the services we receive,” said Ruby Williams, precinct 2.

Don Denbow, precinct 3, had said in the work session that he didn’t see how they could justify the rate increase without seeing other options, or at least going out for bids.

However, after Allied’s counter-proposal, he said it wasn’t worth the possible risk of getting a worse deal if they delayed for bids.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

• Awarded the contract to replace a 2-inch line on East Collin with a 6-inch line to Capps-Capco Construction for $232,222. The city got a $275,000 grant for the project from the state. The grant will pay for all of the work, plus the engineering.

• Voted to deny a rate increase to Atmos Energy.

• Approved a Historical Appraised Tax Value exemption for 900 N. 37th St.

• Awarded a contract for crack and seal work to Mike Benton Enterprises. The company was the only one to bid on the work, but they came in at a lower price than the previous year.

• Swore in for two more years, Precinct 1 Councilman Tom Wilson and Precinct 2 Council woman Ruby Williams. Neither was opposed in the city elections.

 

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • 7-23-14 pianos main.jpg Public pianos invite players

    Corsicana has always been a musical town, with emphasis on country and western, rock and roll, bluegrass and Gospel, but now the parks and recreation department is moving towards bringing music to the masses in a different way. They’re going to put pianos downtown, on the sidewalks for anyone to play at random.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Navarro County 4-H Club holds event

    Texas A&M AgriLife Extention will hold Summer Exploration Days at the Navarro County Expo on Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • New date for IPL Job Fair announced

    Tarrant Regional Water District IPL (integrated pipe line) Project will hold a Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at The Cook Center.

    July 22, 2014

  • Making voting easier

    A new county-wide voting system would let voters cast a ballot at any polling place on election day, eliminating the need to drive to a specific precinct to vote.

    July 22, 2014

  • Aaron Tidwell Tidwell tapped for top Mildred High post

    A baseball coach at heart, about a year ago Aaron Tidwell began to seriously focus on education administration. He just didn’t think an opportunity would present itself so soon. Mildred Independent School District board members approved the 31-year-old Corsicana native as the high school’s new principal Monday night.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCIW treasure Mantle worthy: Oil City presented with Texas Treasure Business Award

    Maybe Oil City Iron Works is worth double the treasure. After all, the local icon honored Monday with a state award for employers in business for 50 years has actually been around for 128.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-22-14 meth raid.jpg Five arrested in meth raid

    The Corsicana Police Department executed a raid on an alleged meth house Saturday afternoon, and it was done in about 45 minutes, all but the paperwork.
    “That part is on-going, reports and follow-up,” said Police Chief Randy Bratton on Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Perry orders 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tied of "lip service" from the federal government.

    July 21, 2014

  • 7-19-14 plane leaving.jpg F-4 jet leaving Navarro College for new Florida home

    It stood for years in front of the Cook Center at Navarro College. Now, like so many “retirees,” it’s Florida bound.
    It took several days to partially dismantle the F-4 Phantom fighter jet enough to travel, but it was done this week.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mildred to consider Tidwell as principal

    The Mildred Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider appointing current baseball coach Aaron Tidwell as the new Mildred High School principal when the group meets in regular session Monday.

    July 20, 2014

AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Twitter Updates