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Container controversy confounds city council
Wilson County NewsAugust 20, 2014 3,600 views 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- City officials here plan to meet with representatives of Republic Services to discuss Floresville’s garbage-collection contract after complaints arose over pricing related to temporary roll-off dumpsters used at construction sites.
During the Floresville City Council’s Aug. 14 meeting, a group of men -- including two homebuilders and businessman Galen Jansky -- raised concerns over the exclusivity clause in Republic’s franchise agreement with the city, which stipulates that the company’s dumpsters are the only ones allowed to be used in Floresville. Jansky recently built his parents a house in the River Bend residential subdivision and is about to convert the former R.L. Eschenburg Hardware and Grocery Store on Third Street into luxury rental suites. He said that Republic charges a total of $1,297 per load for a 30-yard dumpster, while Beck Disposal charges $416 for the same service.
Jansky and a few other builders began using Beck’s dumpsters, against the wishes of the city’s administration, which has attempted to enforce Republic’s franchise agreement. The council discussed, but later tabled, the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the city to issue stop-work orders for any construction project that violates state and federal laws or county or city regulations, “ordinances, building codes, and municipal franchise agreements.”
Jansky contends that a 2007 amendment to Section 364.034 of the state’s Health and Safety Code prohibits the city from granting exclusivity over temporary roll-off containers. He has threatened litigation if the pressure from the city continues, which is why the council met in closed session with Cyndi Nichols of the city’s Permits and Code Compliance Office and attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg.
City Manager Henrietta Turner twice walked out of the closed session meeting.
Despite the council taking no action after the closed session, it took the following action during the course of the regular meeting:
•Approved an interlocal agreement for health inspections with Wilson County, which will examine the city’s grease traps and any premises where perishable food is sold.
•Ordered a general election for Tuesday, Nov. 4.
•Adopted a resolution permitting the Floresville Electric Light & Power System to sell $9.5 million in bonds and refund its Series 2002 bonds.
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