The Levelland City Council met in a regular meeting on Monday night. The full report from that meeting is below……
Request for Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund—-The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association has requested $1500 for each of 2 weekend events. This is for tentatively scheduled events for next year. The total request was for $3000. The request was approved.
The council discussed the resale of property for a bid on property at 1304 5th St. A bid was received by Derek Scott for $8000. The property will be brought back up to city code and will get the property back on the tax rolls.
The city is requesting proposals for uniforms for city departments. A new vendor would take over in October.
The council also heard a presentation on development of the new Landfill. The proposed landfill is located near Bobwhite at Impala Roads off of 1585. The entrances will be off of 1585 and Bobwhite Road. The estimated cost is 2.4 Million dollars for complete development. $1.5 Million is basic construction costs. The actual equipment cost will be $845,000 which includes 2 additional employees, Front End Loader, Landfill Compactor (hope to purchase used), tree/limb shredder, Used Water Truck, Fuel Trailer, and a Tractor and Mower. The city is looking to finance part of the cost, a big bulk of it through an Internal Financing Fund for $1.7 Million dollars which will likely cover construction costs. The council approved using the general fund for equipment purchases. The annual landfill operating costs is estimated at $401,447. Based on current garbage rates the city will be looking at a 9.8% increase. They estimate a 5% increase this year and the remainder next year. City Management reminds council and citizens that the new landfill will not save any money. It is estimated that their will be some savings realized in collections at a later time. The question was asked why the city couldn’t get a permit to accept more than 20 tons of household waste per day? The cost would double to allow more than 20 tons a day. Currently our waste contractor is hauling 30-40 tons per day out of Hockley County.
The council held their first budget Worksession for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.