This Week in Council Memos: The State o' N. Central, Fire Trucks, Flow Control and More!
Probably should have broken this week's stack into about 12 different items, seeing as how one of the docs is 178 pages (many redundant) just on flow control, which involves forcing all solid-waste collectors in the city to dump everything at the city's McCommas Bluff Landfill or other city transfer stations. It also includes building a so-called resource recovery facility, which, long story short, converts wastes to energy the city says it can sell. Marys Suhm and Nix are demanding the council vote on this proposal -- once a vague concept floated as a revenue-maker during tough budget times; now, for some reason, an urgent must-do -- at Wednesday's council meeting, and it looks as though the votes may be there.
Still: Mayor Mike's an undecided, so he says; the solid-wastes folks have pretty much said they'll sue the city over this; and some living, working and studying near the landfill think the idea kinda stinks despite the vague promise of a "Southeast Oak Cliff Investment Fund" worth no more than $1 million annually, per the separate ordinance on Wednesday's agenda. Last night, the council re-received every briefing ever given on the subject, as well as a new "fact book" with a happy ending (and a picture of Tennell Atkins's California field trip) that will surely result in a follow-up email from the National Solid Wastes Management Association that says it's all lies, a waste of taxpayers' money and bad for everyone and everything.
But if trash talk doesn't do it for you, how about the green going brown on N. Central Expressway? That came up at council Monday -- the piss-poor job TxDOT's doing on removing and replacing the landscaping on 75, which becomes the city's responsibility next year. It's being done in phases and stages, with bridges next on the to-do list (TxDOT's looking for folks to "adopt" the bridges, including NorthPark Center, which won't return calls). Oh, and to answer Sandy Greyson's question, "Who is watering dead vegetation on Central Expressway?," that'd be a TxDOT contractor, who says it's not dead, but "new," promise.
There's also a memo from Interim Fire Chief Louis Bright III to Scott Griggs and Delia Jasso in which he tells the council members that parking one of the city's fire trucks is good for business, since it saves $2 million in staffing, fuel and maintenance. Echoing City Manager Mary Suhm, he says it's all about "improved efficiency."
So, jump already. Lots to see, even in the fine print. Like, for instance, did you know Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has paid Vinson & Elkins around $237,000 to fight off concessionaire Gilbert Aranza's lawsuit? Now you do.
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