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January 16th, 2008
Single commercial trash vendor back on council's table

By BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

Less than two months ago, the city council told staff to abandon discussions with Texas Disposal Systems to provide commercial trash service for San Marcos.

Now its back on. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the body reversed course and said they’re interested in learning more about the rates TDS would offer if the city grants it a sole franchise to handle garbage pickup for businesses and institutions.

“Even though its different from what you heard last time, the council wants to consider it. I just want to make sure the public knows that we’re just looking at it so we’ll know how to make an informed decision about how to proceed,” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said.

Currently, five trash companies register with the city and pay a quarterly street use fee required under an existing ordinance. In the run-up to the council’s consideration of a single citywide trash provider on Dec. 4, dozens of business owners protested the move and the council members said they would take it off the table.

As negotiations continued on an extension of TDS’ residential trash services contract, council members started saying they may reconsider. After seeing TDS’ proposed residential rates in executive session last night, council members said they want to revisit having a commercial vendor as a way to expand recycling services to apartment residents.

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