Ferris poised to lose $300,000 annually
FERRIS – The loss of $300,000 annual income from Waste Management to the city of Ferris was a topic of concern during the Monday, Oct. 17 council meeting.
The city of Dallas passed a resolution on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for all trash in the city to be sent to the Dallas owned, McCommas Bluff landfill.
Ferris, home to the Waste Management owned Skyline Landfill, generates several thousand dollars a year in revenue per tons of trash disposed at the facility.
With the city of Dallas’ new proposal, any current contracts Waste Management would have with the city will be terminated as of January 2012. Eliminating additional revenue for the city and generating a shortfall on their budget.
“We have been aware of this possibility for over a year and have been taking necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition,” said City Manager Eric Strong.
“Our projections are that this will ultimately reduce our host fee revenue by 25 percent. That is equivalent to $300,000 per year.”
Rick Losa with Skyline waste management presented the council with an overview of what they are trying to do to help remedy the situation and loss coming into fold.
“The waste within the city of Dallas is a very competitive market with 14 landfills inside the DFW metroplex,” said Losa.
Currently, Waste Management is looking for innovative ways to generate more revenue.
“In about 30-45 days, I will come back and present some various solutions we at Waste Management have come up with to help recover the additional revenue,” said Losa.
Skyline predicts they will lose 250,000 tons of waste.
“This passed ordinance isn’t common and the justification is time will tell how things play out.”
A workshop was conducted to discuss ways the city could cut back on expenses and council agreed to not fill the Chief Building Official position left vacant by Tim Rawlings firing and to combine the Animal Control Officer position with the Code Enforcement position.
Strong said additional discussion will be held during the second council meeting in November or the first meeting in December.
“We partnered with Waste Management and look forward to the innovative ideas you [Rick Losa] will be bringing us to help solve the situation for both our city and your facility here,” said Mayor Rick Barrett.