City to gain more than $65,000,000; Waste Management contract amended
FERRIS - City council approved to amend the contract with Skyline Waste Management on Monday, March 21 with a 3-1 vote.
Councilman Billy Don Dunn recused himself from the vote.
The contract amendment, which hasn’t been changed since its first contractual agreement in 1992, will provide the city with an additional $8.2 million over the next 30 years and an another $32.5 million over the extended life agreement in addition to the $32.9 million the city is already planning on bringing in over 30 years.
“This will bring in a total of $65,520,000,” said City Manager Eric Strong.
Councilman Gary Ross voted against the amendment.
“I just don’t feel I have enough information to vote right now,” said Ross.
“Part of it’s my fault, I didn’t read up on this information.”
Waste Management’s Rick Losa gave a 20 minute presentation on the changes they are wanting to implement with the city. Himself and staff were present for questioning.
Along with bringing the city additional revenue, the company is requesting to be operational 24 hours a day.
“We are a very competitive business and in order gain more commercial work we need to be available during non-operational hours for pick-up,” said Losa.
A Wood Street resident was not opposed but had a concern about the 24 hour operation.
A traffic study will be conducted and made public on the impact the longer hours will have for the city.
According to Waste Management Engineer Walter C. Hunt, the new landfill expansion of four acres will cause their current manmade pond to be filled in.
“I will be working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to replace the current wetlands and relocation of the pond for storm drainage,” said Hunt.
The new pond, according to Hunt, should be located north of the landfill and near 10 Mile Creek.