Jourdanton council amends garbage fees



Above, the City of Jourdanton fee schedule for garbage rates. Also included, but not pictured, are fees based on size of cubic yard container and number of times per week; fees for extra pickups and roll-off bin rates.

Above, the City of Jourdanton fee schedule for garbage rates. Also included, but not pictured, are fees based on size of cubic yard container and number of times per week; fees for extra pickups and roll-off bin rates.

Jourdanton residents will see a 3.2% increase in monthly garbage rates, following the city council’s decision to amend the Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Fee Schedule, Sec. A5.008, Garbage Fees for Customer Rates.

The change in fees was part of the over three-hour Jan. 19 Jourdanton City Council meeting. Approving the rate changes were Mayor Pro Tem Chester Gonzales and council members Jack R. Harrison, Raul Morales and Karen Pesek. Voting against was Patsy Tymrak-Daughtrey. Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams was not in attendance.

It was explained that the contract with Waste Management provides for the modification of rates based on the Consumer Price Index each year of the contract. The graphic includes some of the changes.

Removing soil under swimming pool

The council approved Gaydos Construction as the proposal that best serves the City of Jourdanton and authorized City Manager Lamar Schulz to enter into a contract with the successful proposer to clear approximately 1.76 acres of a 14.916 acre tract of property. The property is owned by the City of Jourdanton and legally described as ABS A01029 WDC Hinley SV-73. The location is accessible from BMT in Jourdanton.

During the Hearing of Residents at the beginning of the meeting, Tommy Poenisch and Brian Serrata expressed their concerns that the dirt that will be dumped will not be contaminated. Perhaps the dirt could be contoured to help control the waterflow, said Poenisch. Serrata lives next to the property and was concerned about his cattle.

Schulz said three proposals were received with Gaydos Construction being the lowest at a cost of $3,800. The proposal involves chipping up the brush to where it is placed on top of the dirt and there are not unsightly stacks to be seen.

Mayor Pro Tem Chester Gonzales said he was concerned about any contaminants that could go into this area.

“But at this same token, I don’t think that we would want to be putting contaminated dirt on our own land. We would be pretty much shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Gonzales. “It has been brought up and it is a concern. We want to ensure that it’s not contaminated in any way that is going to harm any of our neighbors or even the property that we currently have.”

He invited Terracon Group (engineer and designers of the renovation of the Municipal Swimming Pool) Manager James McClelland to address the issue. He explained geotechnical studies were done to understand the condition of the soil under the pool.

“What we found, not because of contaminants, but because of the structure of the soil underneath the pool, is that most of it needs to be removed and engineered fill brought in,” said Mc- Clelland.

About 7,000 cubic yards will be pulled out and about 6,000 cubic yards will be on haul.

“You are aware that everywhere in the world arsenic exists as a natural phenomenon,” added Mc- Clelland.

The arsenic levels at the pool site are acceptable until about 11-12 feet.

“Then they jump up to unacceptable levels,” said McClelland. “The excavation that we are doing for the pool is to go down 12 feet and then put back two feet of that. The top 10 feet will be engineered fill, clean and brought in from elsewhere. The soil that will be brought to the site over here, the arsenic levels are below what we consider contaminant.”

In other words, the upper 10 feet that is not contaminated is what will be hauled off and taken to the site off BMT.

More discussion continued, with McClelland further explaining the process needed. He added that his firm’s study showed that what they believe happened the first time was that the pool site was built up where the soil was not compacted correctly or the right soil was not provided to support it.

As Schulz clarified, “It wasn’t the geo-tehnical report, it was that the contractor who then put the soil in there, put the wrong soil.”

He also addressed Poenisch’s questions about the dirt pile being dumped off BMT. Schulz explained that the dirt will be spread out and then compressed, rather than just dropped off.

Other business

Council members approved the D&D Contractors Inc. Change Order #3 in the amount of $47,921. Voting against was Tymrak Daughtrey. This is for the work at the Jiffy Blvd. crossing. During construction, there was new information uncovered that required revising the plans.

Council unanimously adopted the resolution for the FEMA Atascosa County and McMullen County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan.

Council approved authorizing Terracon to revise the plans relating to the concession stand for the Municipal Swimming Pool, splash pad and associated amenities project. Voting against was Tymrak- Daughtrey.

The council unanimously approved an application for a special use permit, to allow a manufactured home on the property 506 Maple Street.

An application for a special use permit to allow a manufactured home on the property at 2614 Brown Avenue was unanimously approved.

Council unanimously tabled action on the application for a special use permit to allow a manufactured home on a property on Beech Street.

Council met in closed session for consultation with legal counsel on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with Chapter 551, relating to and for the purpose of attorney-client communications concerning the contract with selected proposer for the Municipal Swimming Pool, splash pad and associated amenities project.

A discussion was held regarding pending and future issues and available options relating to outdoor lighting, private outdoor recreation venues, permitting and inspections, common nuisances and appropriate accessory land uses. It was discussed that council needs more time to review the issue in order to make a decision.

Council did not take action regarding issues and available regulatory options related to the installation of manufactured home skirting.

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