Jourdanton approves Waste Management contract



At the Nov. 19 Jourdanton City Council meeting, council unanimously approved awarding a contract to Waste Management to provide municipal waste disposal services for the City of Jourdanton.

City Manager Lamar Schulz explained there were two firms that presented proposals: Waste Management and Republic Services. In reviewing them, Schulz said it was evident that Waste Management offered the best figures.

Pick-up for bulky items, brush and white goods (washing machines, stoves, etc.) will now be three times a year instead of two and is scheduled to occur in March, July and November. As done in the past, the limit is up to 10 yards per household.

Regarding brush/bulky pick-up that is out of cycle, there will be a fee of $125, plus $10 per yard.

Waste Management representative Albert Perez was in attendance to answer questions and said they have been servicing the City of Jourdanton for well over three decades. Council discussed the curbside recycling option portion of the contract. Schulz explained if the curbside recycling portion was approved, it would add $3 per monthly bill of all city residents.

“It is an all or nothing proposal. It’s not like this guy on this side of the street says, ‘I want it,’ and this one says ‘I don’t,’” said Schulz.

For the time being, the recycling portion of the contract was not approved by council. However, Schulz reminds Jourdanton residents that recycling is offered at the recycling center at 1449 Lillian Ave. every Tuesday from 8-10 a.m. You will need to present a valid ID and your water bill. On the first Saturday of the month from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Jourdanton residents can bring recyclables and limited brush to the center at Lillian Ave.

More discussion took place, with Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams adding that the contract will be for five years and there will be a better rate. Perez explained why the rate decreased, citing two major reasons as being the corporate office has mandated that every new truck purchased has to be compressed natural gas and the fact that they are going to automated trucks. Waste Management has some great savings that they are passing on down to the City of Jourdanton, noted Perez.

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