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Crockett again accepting raked leaves, small limbs
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones

Crockett residents once again can put out their raked leaves and small limbs (no larger than 4 feet long and 3 inches in diameter) for pick-up by the city recycling truck on Wednesdays, Interim City Administrator Ray Fleming announced during the Crockett City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 13. Residents also may take those items to the city's Solid Waste and Recycling Center. In recent weeks, the city was unable to accept those materials because the grinder was broken, but it now is fixed, Fleming reported. Fleming further announced that, on Monday, he received notification that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has approved immediate placement of a 30-cubic yard container at the Solid Waste and Recycling Center for use as a citizen collection center. Citizens can take trash items (no household garbage) there for delivery to the landfill in Jacksonville. Residents using this service will be charged according to the amount of debris they deposit (for example, $10 for standard one ton standard bed pick up; call 936- 544-4025 with any questions). In other business, the council voted unanimously to approve the expenditure of $12,500 from the city's contingency fund to pay for the city's application to resume use its walking floor trailer for transferring solid waste to the landfill. The fee will be paid to KSA Engineers, Inc. to generate documents necessary for submission to TCEQ to re-register the existing solid waste transfer station. According to the agreement, "Work elements specifically excluded from this work order include topographical and boundary surveys of existing transfer station, design of any improvements at the transfer facility and any field activities to quantify solid waste volumes." The city has been sending its solid waste collection vehicles (Big Blue and the Bulldog) daily to the landfill since December 2013 when it learned it was in violation of TCEQ registration requirements for the solid waste facility. This was due to an oversight when the transfer station began operation in 2008.


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