COVER: Household debris stacked outside flooded homes in San Marcos in the days following the Blanco River flood. PHOTO by DON ANDERS
FROM STAFF AND SUBMITTED REPORTS
Hays County and the city of San Marcos have hired a contractor to remove residents’ flood debris, freeing staff to focus on repairing public infrastructure damaged in last month’s storms, officials said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved a contract with Leander-based TRF Enterprises Inc. to take over debris removal from county and city crews and from Creedmoor-based Texas Disposal Systems, which has been operating under a standing “as-needed” contract since floods ravaged parts of Wimberley and San Marcos. The contract is expect to cost $1.7 million to $1.8 million.
“We’ve knocked out a lot of debris over the last week, but there’s a lot out there,” Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley said in commissioners court this week.
In San Marcos, Wimberley and in unincorporated areas of Hays County affected by the floods, common debris bins will be removed from neighborhoods. Residents are asked to sort debris and place it on the curb or in the right-of-way, making sure it is kept out of the street and does not impede traffic. Nor should debris be placed near utility boxes, mailboxes or in storm drainage areas.
The debris must be accessible from the road because the contractor cannot pick up refuse on private property. The removal process is anticipated to take weeks and will involve several rounds of removal for each area, officials said.
Here is more information about debris removal:
Residents with flood debris should sort it into several piles. Building materials like sheetrock, wood, and insulation should be bagged together and put at the curb with other trash.
In San Marcos, hazardous household waste should be separated from other refuse and placed at the curb for pickup. Elsewhere in Hays County, hazardous household waste should not be put on the curb; the county is working on making arrangements for residents to drop off hazardous household waste at its transfer stations but the service is not yet available.
Texas Disposal systems will pick up bulky waste on residents’ regular trash collection day during the week of June 8 to 12 and June 22 to 26. To arrange bulky waste pickup, residents should call TDS at 800-375-8375 at least one day in advance of their regular trash pickup day.
If weather permits, the city of San Marcos will host its monthly brush drop off 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13 at 750 River Road in San Marcos. Brush drop off service is for residential garbage customers only.
City residents can drop off hazardous house hold wastes between noon and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the San Marcos City Hall traffic yard, 630 E. Hopkins St. The facility accepts drain cleaners, degreasers, paints, fluorescent lights, cell phones, batteries, weed killers and sharps. The facility does not accept tires, medical waste (other than sharps), compressed gas, waste generated by business, pharmaceuticals, cylinders or computers and televisions.