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La Vernia council OKs recycling plan
La Vernia trash collection soon will include recycling.
During its March 13 meeting, the La Vernia City Council unanimously approved to amend its exclusive agreement with IESI for citywide solid waste collection to include recycling. Drop-off of recycling bins to serviced businesses and residences should be complete before the end of April, with actual collection beginning early in May. The current garbage fee will go up $3 for the additional bin. The resolution also extends the current contract to Oct. 31, 2019.
Terrie Leonard was the only person to address the council in the “citizens to be heard” segment of the meeting, encouraging the council to “vote for recycling,” citing a study that estimated 60 percent of garbage can be recycled into reusable products. Mayor Robert Gregory said the city also had received three letters on the subject, all supporting recycling.
Later in the meeting, the council took no action on a request to reduce the speed limit in the Silverado Hills subdivision, following a recommendation by La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey.
The mayor said a letter would be sent to the subdivision’s neighborhood association explaining the police chief’s observations and the council’s decision.
The council also took the recommendation of engineer Clarence Littlefield to pass a resolution accepting work completed by J&S Water Wells, in order to receive a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the council did not follow his recommendation to award a contract for a filter plant to the lowest bidder. Attorney Jameene Banks suggested interested parties and members of the public may wish to be informed prior to such a decision.
The item will appear on the agenda for the next regular city council meeting, the mayor said.
In other matters, Banks could find no legal problem with the city deeding the Melissa Street cul-de-sac back to the owner of the property there. The owner wants to change the cul-de-sac into a through street before further developing his property. Once the street is realigned, it would be deeded back to the city.
The council also approved to move forward on a professional services agreement with Bureau Veritas for commercial and residential building inspections.
The council put off further discussion of a food-inspection contract until a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, at 1 p.m. in City Hall; the agenda also includes consideration of a variance on a single family dwelling at 105 Alexandria St.
The council also approved:
•An ordinance regulating subsurface petroleum and natural gas drilling within the city’s territorial limits. The ordinance prohibits surface drill sites on city-owned property and parks, and establishes procedures for issuing drilling permits, among other things.
•A resolution to contribute matching funds to the Floresville Electric Light & Power System for the La Vernia Little League.
•Appointing Public Works Director Jason Mills to represent the city for a one-year term on the Canyon Regional Water Authority board of managers.
•The work completed by J&S Water Wells.
Also in attendance: City council members Randy Leonard, Marie Gerlich, John Richter, and Jennifer Moczygemba.
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