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Hawkins City Council

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Garbage fee up 54-cents;
Light emitting signs banned
By JOHN SPARKS

 Meeting in regular session, Monday, May 19, the Hawkins City Council accepted a 4.4 percent price index increase in garbage collection fees by Allied Waste, and passed an ordinance banning light emitting diode signs and billboards from the city and another establishing rules and regulations regarding sanitation and pollution control of the area in proximity to the city' public water well supply.

The regular household rate for garbage service will increase from $12.32 to $12.86 for Hawkins residents due to a consumer price index clause in the city's contract with Allied Waste. The new rate will be reflected in resident's billings at the beginning of July. A new competitively bid contract will be sought by the city in 2010.

Mayor Sam Bradley was asked to seek a letter from Wisenbaker, Fix and Associates stating that the firm will delay until next budget year any billing for engineering and design fees on the next sewer line project (known as the U.S. Highway 80 East project). A second motion directing the engineering firm to solicit bids for the project was also passed.

Mayor Bradley said the city has again entered into an agreement with the City of Big Sandy to spray for mosquitoes again this year. That spraying could be as early as this week. The Mayor also said he was planning have the two tire sites treated as well as the city streets.

In other action the council:
- approved a resolution to replace the lost warranty deed for block 18, lots 3, 4 and 5;
- approved a resolution requesting East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) to contract with United Healthcare Options PPO to allow access through the Texas Municipal League.
- approved an interlocal agreement with Wood County for use of certain election equipment and supplies.
- heard citizen comments regarding property on the southwest corner of Wells Street and Third Street, a rental property which needs repair and the condition of alleyways in areas of the city where garbage trucks are damaging the pavement.
- heard a report by John Jones, city code enforcement officer regarding the status of several properties.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hawkins City Council is scheduled for Monday, June 16 at 6 p.m. A special meeting of the council can be called with 72 hours public notice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 16:14  

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