Residents, business owners could see trash rate break

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang residents could get a break on their trash bills, thanks to an agreement between the city and Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority.

The pending contract came about after officials decided to ask for requests for proposal for trash services upon the expiration of the city’s agreement with OEMA for refuse services. OEMA has provided service to the city and its residents for five years, authority general manager David Griesel said.

OEMA and Waste Corporation of Oklahoma submitted proposals to the city. While both companies’ proposed rates were lower than those paid to OEMA in its last Mustang contract, OEMA submitted the low bid for service “across the board,” City Manager Tim Rooney said.

“You’ll notice this is lower than the current contract,” Rooney told council members. “We would recommend you authorize us to draft a contract, then staff would recommend reviewing rates to pass some savings on to our citizens.”

Rates dropped for all OEMA-offered services, sometimes by more than 50 percent, according to city documents. A residential polycart currently costs the city $9.57; under the new agreement, that cost would be $8.05, with additional carts priced at $6. Those cost the city $7.52 under the old contract. A single commercial polycart dropped in price from $16.81 to $8.05.

Recycling bins remained steady at $5.50 per bin, according to the document.

OEMA would also expand the services it offered under the agreement, according to documents. Where the company previously provided one big junk curbside pickup, the new agreement provided for two – one in the spring and another in the fall – for city residents.

Council members in attendance unanimously accepted the OEMA proposal; Ward 1 Councilman Matthew Taylor was absent. Rooney and City Attorney Jonathan Miller would next develop the OEMA contract. Officials were not sure when they would be ready to discuss possible customer rates decreases but would work to “expedite” that process, they said.

In other business, lower prices than expected on bleacher bids at the city’s new baseball park meant officials could purchase two new LED signs for the fields.

Justin Battles, assistant city manager/parks and recreation director, said staff originally budgeted $71,400 for the baseball park bleachers; the new contract was awarded for $42,260. Battles recommended – and council voted to – utilize $17,950 left over to purchase the scoreboards. Two local businesses, which remained unnamed, provided funds for two more scoreboards, Battles said.

Council also:

uApproved language amending the city’s fireworks code. The change would not impact residents’ ability to set off fireworks, but rather just amended Mustang codes to “mirror state changes.”

uAuthorized city staff to execute an $88,644 contract with Brewer Construction for extension of a waterline east from Sara Road to the Armed Forces Readiness Center. Officials made the move after National Guard officials requested the building be included in lines constructed for the new St. Anthony’s Healthplex. Rooney said extending the line an additional 180 feet would “allow for a looped water system” in the area and would help improve water pressures as more development occurred in the area.