The Bellevue City Council discussed at length a proposed resolution that would increase recycling fees and allow for different recycling processing sites at its July 6 meeting.
City Attorney Bree Robins said at the meeting the council would be approving an addendum in regards to fees that will be assessed.
Papillion Sanitation currently collects Bellevue’s recycling and has been since a franchise agreement was reached in 2017.
Since that agreement was reached Papillion Sanitation has processed the collected recycling through FirstStar Recycling of Omaha.
According to a letter sent from Papillion Sanitation to the council, shortly after the franchise agreement, recycling prices increased.
When the initial request for proposal was created, cost for recycling was $27 per ton. In 2019, FirstStar increased the rate for recycling to $110 per ton.
Papillion Sanitation passed along a 24% surcharge to all its subscription recycling customers to recoup some of the cost associated with the increase.
The proposed contract amendment from Papillion Sanitation, if approved, would allow the waste management company to utilize both FirstStar and NebraskaLand.
The proposal would also call for a 3.3% price increase over the next three years.
For example, a 35 gallon container from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 would cost $13.36. That same sized container would cost $14.26 by April 30, 2023.
During the public hearing, Councilmen Don Preister brought up his concerns with using NebraskaLand as a processing site for the city’s recycling.
“It’s a very small site, it’s under an acre, it actually looks like what FirstStar Recycling looked like when they first opened,” Preister said.
Preister went by the NebraskaLand site and said he concerned that there is limited space to keep the collected recycling covered from weather conditions such as wind or rain.
“The City of Omaha did not approve this site in their contract and I think it partially because the space is limited and in a residential area,” Preister said.
Preister said he has heard concerns from some of the neighbors that an increased amount of material at the NebraskaLand facility would lead to litter due to a lack of containment.
There were no representatives from Papillion Sanitation or NebraskaLand at the council meeting to answer questions posed from the council regarding the proposed resolution.
The council decided to table this resolution in addition to another resolution that would amend the master fee schedule until the July 20 meeting.
In other action the council discussed and voted on the following:
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance to amend Bellevue Municipal Code by adding a new section regarding the use of certain medians being prohibited.
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance to make unlawful and set a penalty for those charged with violation of city ordinance, been issued a citation and who fail to appear or refuse to appear in Court, and give the City Attorney an avenue to obtain a warrant for defendants who continuously or repeatedly fail or refuse to appear in Court.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance that authorized the issuance of Highway Allocation Fund Pledge Bonds in an amount not to exceed $6 million. The council voted to waive second and third readings of this ordinance.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone Lots 1 through 5, for the purpose of existing commercial and residential development.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone Lot 1, Redwood 25, being a platting of Tax Lot 4F, located in the Northwest ¼ of Section 27, T14N, R13E of the 6th P.M., Sarpy County, NE, from AG to RG-28-PS for the purpose of multi-family residential development.
• Approved a resolution approving and authorizing the mayor to sign the resolution and LPA Program Agreement — Federal-Aid Funds — BM2107 with the State of Nebraska Department of Transportation for the 2021 Bellevue mayor Street Resurfacing.
• Approved the mayor to sign agreement with Beardmore Hyundai to share in costs for certain improvements at the intersection near 1203 Fort Crook Road N.
• Approved the Redevelopment Agreement and Redevelopment Promissory Note, allowing up to $435,000.00 plus accrued interest, to offset TIF eligible expenses, for the Ivy Properties Inc.
• Approved the mayor to sign the proposal with Heimes Corp. for the Bellevue Boulevard South Emergency Storm Sewer Replacement, in the amount of $150,938.00, plus a 10% contingency in the amount of $15,093.80, for a total project cost not to exceed $166,031.80.
• Approved the mayor to sign the supplemental agreement with Alfred Benesch & Company for the 2021 Resurfacing Project, Bellevue (AC funding), in an amount not to exceed $53,543.60.
The next Bellevue City Council meeting will be on July 20, at 6 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 1500 Wall Street.