City Council Considering Garbage Collection Issues

By George Slaughter

For the past several years, Republic Services, the City of Katy’s garbage removal contractor, has picked up bags and trash in addition to what would be put in its blue carts. Such bags or personal trash cans might be filled with grass clippings, leaves, or other trash. Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez said Republic Services had been doing more than its contract specified in performing this additional work.

But with costs rising, Republic Services is ending this practice, which becomes policy on February 1.

Citizens have been calling city hall to complain that this extra trash was not being removed as it had been in the past. Other concerns were raised Monday night about the timing of the change in practice—some were concerned that they had not been given enough notice.

To further complicate things, City Attorney Art Pertile said there was a discrepancy between what the city code and the contract permitted. He suggested that he council update the code to ensure consistency between the code and contract, which it did Monday night, but with no penalty for violating the code.

Pertile said if the city wanted to make changes to the contract, it could work with Republic Services to amend the contract.

There was agreement that the council must create a policy that enables extra garbage pickup for those citizens who need it without imposing the fees on all citizens. Pending the creation and adoption of such a policy, the violation clause was removed.

The decision to remove the violation clause came after a lengthy discussion between citizens, council members, and city officials about concerns about what trash was to be removed.

To order extra carts, contact the city at 281-391-4801. Garbage carts are $3.62/cart/month. Recycling carts are $1.29/cart/month. To request extra carts, e-mail utilitybilling@cityofkaty.com or fax the form to 281-391-0007. Commercial accounts are limited to two garbage carts.

For service or cart repairs, contact Republic Services at 713-849-0400.

The following table lists how trash will be handled. Heavy trash will be limited to three bulky items per collection (appliances/furniture) and four cubic yards of bundled limbs that are within five feet of the curb. Limbs must be less than 2” in diameter and cut to four-foot lengths and tied in small bundles not to exceed 40 lbs.

GARBAGE
(BLUE CART/BLUE LID)
RECYCLING
(BLUE CART/GREEN LID)
HEAVY TRASH
Tuesday for south of Franz Road 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 1st and 3rd Mondays
Friday for north of Franz Road 2nd and 4th Thursdays 2nd and 4th Mondays
Wednesday for Cane Island, Falls of Green Meadows,
Young Ranch, Woodcreek, Reserve of Katy and Avalon
2nd and 4th Thursdays 2nd and 4th Mondays

 

In other action, the council:

  • Approved a street closure request for the Katy Market Day events, which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month from March to November. On these dates, Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd streets will be closed.
  • Accepted a $250 donation from Rhett Butler Charitable Foundations for the Keep Katy Beautiful Board.
  • Approved a $150,000 Convention and Tourism Bureau hotel occupancy tax grant application for the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, scheduled for March 7-11 at the Merrill Center.
  • Adopted a resolution declaring two vehicles, a 2009 Ford Explorer and a 2016 Ford F-750 dump truck, as surplus items for auction.
  • Adopted a resolution authoring the City Administrator Byron Hebert to enter into a financing agreement with Government Capital Corporation to procure a vehicle and related equipment.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the use of up to $495,000 in reserve enterprise funds for a 27-inch sewer main line extension. The extension will be at the Falls at Green Meadows and Cane Island subdivisions.
  • Passed an ordinance setting May 5 as the election day for three city council seats. Seats up for election are for an at-large seat now held by Steve Pierson, a Ward A seat now held by Ray Boothe, and a Ward B seat now held by Durran Dowdle. Filing deadline is at 5 p.m. February 16.
  • Passed an ordinance to increase the groundwater reduction user fee charge for each single-family residential, multi-family residential, and commercial structure and units, payable to the West Harris County Regional Water Authority, to $1.75 per thousand gallons of water used. The fees offset rising costs from the water authority for water pumped in Harris County. The ordinance goes into effect February 1.