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Gladewater weighs recycling program

By Christina Lane
July 19, 2012 at 11 p.m.

GLADEWATER - The Gladewater City Council on Thursday voted to survey property owners about support for a curbside recycling program.

The survey will be sent with residents' water bills and will include such questions as how much money residents would be willing to pay for the service. Officials have estimated a curbside recycling program would cost residents an extra $1.75 to $2 per month.

The recycling program would make it so residents have one day of recycling and one day of regular trash collection. Right now, residents have two days of trash collection. A monthly recycling service is provided at City Hall for anyone who wishes to bring recyclables from their homes or businesses.

Councilman Delbert Burlison said he's heard from many residents who say they would recycle if it were more convenient.

"It's hard for families to come one weekend a month," he said.

Burlison said he believes if the city offers a curbside recycling program that 80 percent to 85 percent of people would participate.

In other business, the council approved a one-year agreement with Michael Tolbert to lease a city-owned building at Lake Gladewater to operate a business at the lake. Tolbert will pay $200 plus the cost of utilities and insurance.

Tolbert has been leasing the building from the city for $100 a month plus paying the cost of utilities and insurance on the building. In return, Tolbert manages a store that sells bait, drinks and a variety of items to lake visitors - a service the City Council believes is important at the lake.

Councilman Scott Owens suggested the city lease the building for $400 a month plus the cost of insurance and utilities but suggested Tolbert receive a $200 a month discount if he picks up trash and cleans restrooms at the lake.

Councilwoman Lana Niemann said before increasing the cost of Tolbert's rent from $100 a month to $400 a month, she wants the opportunity to provide him with tools on how to make his business successful and a chance at making a profit despite the increased rent.

Mayor Harold Wells supported keeping the original agreement at $100 a month. Owens, Burlison and Councilman J.D. Shipp voted in favor of Owens' proposal; however, Wells, Niemann and Councilman Leon Watson were against it.

Following the split vote, Tolbert said he would pay whatever rent the council was to set.

"I'm not trying to ask for help. ... I'm trying to keep people coming here," Tolbert said.

Tolbert helps pick up trash and clean restrooms, but he was not in favor of making that terms of his agreement in lieu of city employees regularly cleaning the area. He expressed a concern about the amount of time it would take for him to do that instead of full-time employees.

"The trash is not a good deal," he said.

Watson suggested charging $200 a month plus Tolbert paying utilities and insurance on the building. Niemann seconded, and the motion passed 4-0 with Owens and Burlison abstaining from the vote.

Meanwhile, Lake Gladewater residents will face a new ordinance that will require addresses to be posted on boathouses so officers can respond more quickly to calls.



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