FLORESVILLE -- Floresville residents can expect a new company to be providing their trash service in September, after the city council held a special meeting June 21 and selected Allied Waste as the city’s new provider.
The meeting was the result of a controversial agenda item at the last regular meeting June 14, during which the council considered authorizing City Manager Andy Joslin to select a provider and Mayor Daniel Tejada to sign the contract.
Citizens present in the meeting, along with Councilman Mario Morones, had asked to review the proposed bids before anything was awarded. During the special meeting, the council reviewed a list on the agenda of items considered to be important to the trash/refuse service in Floresville. Of the five factors presented, two were accepted via motion -- establishing a hazardous materials drop-off, and sewage-treatment plant sludge hauling.
“There are only two providers who provide both of the services the council voted on,” Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez said. “Allied Waste is the cheapest of the two.”
City Attorney Louis Rosenberg suggested that the language of the motion should allow Joslin to calculate the bids with the items requested and to negotiate a contract from there. However, Gomez made a motion to accept Allied Waste’s proposal and this was approved by the council.
When compared on the matrix, Allied Waste was less costly than ACI by $3.92 a month, per home. Allied’s wet sludge price was $90 per ton; dry sludge was $29. Allied Waste did not quote for hazardous waste, leaving only the term “negotiable” in the price area. ACI’s wet and dry sludge prices were $25 per ton and hazardous waste was $1.25 per month, per home. IESI, Floresville’s current refuse provider, did not offer a bid for hazardous waste drop-off or wet sludge.
Suggestions not accepted by the council included twice-weekly trash pickup, curbside recycling, and curbside bulk pickup.
Also the subject of controversy was the council’s request for the executive director and board of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. to work with the city manager to develop and implement alternative methods for funding the recreation/sports complex with the advice and counsel of city’s bond counsel and financial advisor.
Tejada addressed the need for more baseball fields and cited letters from past years to explain that the need for a sports complex is not a new idea, but rather one that has been in the works for years.
“This is something the EDC has been working on for years,” Tejada said. “The need is there; there is a need to fix our parks for our youth. We need to find an alternative means to fund it. We are not saying that we are not going to call for the election, which was asked for by a petition of voters; we are just saying that we are going to see if there are alternate methods to fund it.”
Councilman John W. Guerrero requested to see a plan of the proposed sports complex; this drew applause from the citizens in attendance.
“If the need is there, we need to see a plan,” Guerrero said. “Why not develop a plan to put in the election?”
Jim Miller addressed the council to offer tough words against the action item.
“This is an outright slap in the face to the voters of Floresville,” Miller said. “We had submitted a petition asking for a vote before any certificates of obligation were signed and now they decide they are just going to go around it? We don’t mind doing things for the youth, but where’s the plan? You’re going to build ballparks? That’s great. How many? These are things we need to know before we decide to go out and build, that’s all.”
“There is a need to fix our parks for the youth of the area,” Tejada said. “The EDC has offered $125,000 off of their budget to go toward it; we are just going to see what other methods there are available to us to do what needs to be done for the kids.”
Prior to the meeting, a citizen was removed for allegedly intimidating a member of the city council.
Deci Murphy was asked to leave the council chamber and served with a citation. See related story, page 1A.
I believe that the Mayor has made too many promises to people about the Sports Complex and now he does not know what to do. He will keep fighting for this until he gets it. We cannot accept the promise of $ from the FEDC since ... More ›
I believe that the Mayor has made too many promises to people about the Sports Complex and now he does not know what to do. He will keep fighting for this until he gets it. We cannot accept the promise of $ from the FEDC since they have not paid the school, going on 3 years now. But the Mayor does not like to be reminded of that. We will keep fighting this.
If the FEDC cannot pay what they owe the school, how can they pay for a Sports Complex? Can someone just answer that one? One simple little question? Kernel Perez? Do you have an answer? In my household, we do not go out and ... More ›
If the FEDC cannot pay what they owe the school, how can they pay for a Sports Complex? Can someone just answer that one? One simple little question? Kernel Perez? Do you have an answer? In my household, we do not go out and "buy" something before we finish paying for the first item. We pay, then we move on. Get the hint!
Wasn't this suppose to go to a vote? Why are they still after this? He has stated that the organizations that use the fields (which more than 3/4 are from outside the city limits) were going to help with the cost since he knows ... More ›
Wasn't this suppose to go to a vote? Why are they still after this? He has stated that the organizations that use the fields (which more than 3/4 are from outside the city limits) were going to help with the cost since he knows if it did go to a vote he probably would not pass.
As far as the trash, well as soon as we get out the trash from city hall nothing will be okay.