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Lewisville waste rates could increase
In less than two years, resident's solid waste rates will have increased nearly 11 percent if the Lewisville City Council approves the latest increase.
On Monday, the Lewisville City Council will meet to discuss rates for residential solid waste/recycling. Waste Management is proposing to raise the rates by 2.3 percent. The city council must approve the increase before it goes into affect.
The city entered into an agreement with Waste Management of Texas Inc. in 2004, and the agreement authorizes an annual cost of service adjustment based on Consumer Price Index (CPI). The rate increase affects residents and commercial businesses in Lewisville. The CPI adjustment for 2013 is 2.3 percent. The rate adjustment is effective Jan. 1.
Although the rate adjustment to Waste Management is by contract, the city must set the customer rates for residential and commercial customers.
The current residential solid waste and recycling rate is $12.30. The proposed rate will be $12.57. The commercial solid waste rate will increase by the same CPI adjustment with rates based on size of container and collection frequency.
In 2011, the rates increased twice. The first increase was roughly a 5-percent increase, took effect in April 2011. The increase covered the cost of increasing recycling pickup to once a week instead of once every other week. Residents later absorbed the 2012 CPI adjustment of 3.65 percent.
Also during Monday's meeting, the Lewisville City Council will consider the final plat of Castle Hills Golf Course, which will include 44 residential lots, six non-residential lots, seven common area lots and four floodplain lots. The residential units will be located adjacent to the existing golf course club house as an extension of the golf course.
Castle Hills is located in the city of Lewisville Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and by the development agreement approved in 1996, must be developed in accordance to the city of Lewisville 1996 General Development Ordinance (GDO) and other standards in the agreement.
Also on Monday during the workshop meeting, the Lewisville City Council will hear an overview of the Lewisville Police Department's gang and narcotic unit activities. Capt. Kevin Deaver and officers from each unit will be present during the meeting.
"I hope the officers get the message out so that my fellow council members can see what I see. I'm hoping this meeting will open people's eyes," said Councilman John Gorena, who requested the presentation.
Gorena said he has seen the presentation before and hopes it will reach both residents and the city council.
"I ran because I needed to see some changes in the town. History is our greatest teacher. I'm hoping the officers are clear and open - like they are with me," Gorena said. "In my opinion we don't have enough police officers roaming the streets, and the gangs have grown tremendously in the past four to five years. I also believe that we have a large illegal immigrant problem, and a large legal immigrant population that is affecting the city."
Gorena said he requested the presentation because he wants to see real change come to Lewisville.
The presentation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St.