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Council discusses recycling program

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

The city of Bridgeport is considering going green.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council met with representatives of Progressive Waste Solutions to discuss implementing a recycling program in the city at the request of resident Kevin Lopez.

The representatives presented the following options:

  • for no additional monthly cost increase – trash collection once per week and recycling collection once per week (essentially trading one of the city’s current trash collection days for recycling collection instead)
  • a monthly increase of about $4.21 – recycling collection every week, retain current trash pickup schedule
  • a monthly increase of $2.83 – recycling collection every other week, retain current trash pickup schedule

All options include an 18-gallon recycling container to each residence, which representatives assured would not be blue like the sample.

In addition to the number of homes served and the distance traveled to provide services, the prices of the latter two are also based on a five-year franchise agreement to “give the company sufficient time to recoup the costs of the recycling container provided to the customer.”

If the city implements the measure, all residents would be charged whether they use the service or not.

Recycling would also be available for commercial and multi-family residences at an additional cost.

The council will further discuss the matter at upcoming meetings.

In other news, the council:

  • accepted a flag and flagpole donation from the Bridgeport Historical Society. The pole is to be erected at Harwood Park, near the Blue Star Memorial Highway marker alongside Texas 114, across from the fire hall.
  • heard a report on the first pay request of $251,315.85 to Siemens Industry Inc. for the engineering audit, mobilization and a small portion of each facility improvement measure as part of a performance contract approved in August. With this pay out, the project is 10 percent done.
  • approved a $5,000 Main Street Matching Fa ade grant to Brandi Davis for restoration work at 1008 Halsell Street.
  • continued its discussion on changes to the brush and tree limb collection ordinance.
  • OK’d an annual contract with the Wise County Appraisal District for the assessment and collection of city property taxes.
  • approved the minutes of the Oct. 16 regular city council meeting and reviewed the payment report for Oct. 18 through Nov. 7.

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