Council expected to extend contract with waste hauler
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Nov 27, 2012 | 977 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland City Council is likely to vote on a contract extension with Waste Connections at its Dec. 10 meeting to take advantage of an offer presented Monday afternoon.

This is the final year of the contract with the waste hauler. The cost the company charges is tied to the Consumer Price Index published annually. Waste Connections Municipal Marketing Manager Doug McGill offered to forego a price increase effective Jan. 1, if the city exercises the option to extend the contract five years. The company would accept the CPI increase during the five years of the extension.

The current CPI adjustment is 2.49 percent. Not taking the adjustment equates to a $35,000 savings to the city in 2013.

“If you compound that by six years, the last year of the contract and the five years of the extension, this would give the city an approximate savings of $210,000,” he said. “This is a cumulative savings to the city no matter what happens. We would look to get the CPI adjustment at the first year of the extension.”

McGill said the city of Cleveland has the best rate in the market area.

“At $6.77 (per month), you have the best rate of anybody in the market area, I promise you do,” he said.

In other action, the Council pulled Resolution 2012-116 from the consent agenda at the request of At-Large Councilman Richard Banks and voted on it separately. The resolution authorized Mayor Tom Rowland to sign an agreement relating to Spring Branch Industrial Park. The measure passed by a margin of 6-0. Banks abstained from the vote because Allan Jones is his brother-in-law. Jones is the owner of 330-plus acres the Industrial Development Board, Cleveland Utilities, Bradley County and the city are purchasing for a public industrial park.

The Council approved the following consent agenda items:

- Declared surplus vehicles for the police department to be sold on GovDeals.com.

- Reappointed Ron Harrison as the representative to the Human Resources Council for the Cleveland Fire Department.

- Appointed Mickey Torbett to a two-year term to the Stormwater Board to expire December 2014.

- Resolution 2012-117 supporting and authorizing the mayor to sign an application for the Areawide Brownfield Planning Grant.

- A motion to authorize a one-time increase in Christmas bonuses for all full-time employees. The bonus will provide employees with a net check amount of $500 after the deduction of applicable Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Under new business the Council:

- Approved Zoning Ordinance 2012-23 to rezone property at 2412 Wolfe Drive N.W. from R2 to Commercial Highway.

- Approved Zoning Ordinance 2012-25 to rezone property at 105 Edward St. S.E. from Heavy Industrial to Central Business District.

- Zoning Ordinance 2012-24 to rezone property at 904 Willow Street N.W. from R1 to R3 was pulled from the agenda at the petitioner’s request.