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Council cleans up waste guidelines

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, June 8, 2013

In an attempt to clear confusion, Bridgeport city officials tidied up a few bulky waste collection regulations Tuesday.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council decided the city will not collect construction or remodel materials such as lumber, plywood, sheet rock, vanities, cabinets, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, windows and doors.

Non-household items including fencing materials, old lumber, storage buildings, boats and motorcycles, are also not permissible.

These restrictions are in addition to already-excluded hazardous waste such as freon, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, paint, oil- or petroleum-based products, tires, batteries, pesticides, televisions, computer monitors and any substance or item that is hazardous to the environment.

The edited ordinance also defines bulky waste as large household items including furniture (couches, chairs, tables, dressers, bed frames, headboards, and mattresses), washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, microwave ovens, space heaters, lawn mowers, bicycles and strollers.

IN OTHER NEWS:

The council:

  • will look at the cost of installing security lights at East Side Cemetery after 20 headstones were overturned there last month.
  • agreed to hire an inspector to remove a few stones from the facade of the Law Enforcement Center to check the water barrier and assess the extent of water and foundation damages caused by floating slab foundation shifting.
  • outlined detailed specs for a perimeter fence around Northwest Off-Highway Vehicle Park, in order to rebid the project.
  • determined that the city is not eligible to create a sports authority to fund facilities such as a ball field complex or recreation center. According to Texas Local Government Code, only municipalities with a population of 1.9 million or more may establish a sports and community venue district.
  • granted a special exception to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts for a sign that exceeds the permitted gross surface area by 8 feet.
  • extended a letter of agreement with Management and Training Corp. (MTC) Bridgeport Correctional Center to continue providing library consulting services. The city’s librarian helps MTC staff select core books and periodicals and catalog library material at no cost.
  • heard an annual report from the legislative service department. City Secretary Jesica McEachern, who oversees the department, reported that 193 ballots were cast in the municipal election in 2012, up from 65 the previous year. Since there were no contested races, there was no election this year. Her department also fulfilled 30 Public Information requests and is in the process of rolling out an electronic records management system.
  • reviewed the May 23 through June 5 payment report in the amount of $229,417.62.
  • approved the minutes from its May 21 meeting.

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