City staff to recommend Waste Connections bid
by DAVID DAVI, Managing Editor
Jun 25, 2013 | 973 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Municipal staff will recommend to the Cleveland City Council on Wednesday that it accept the bid for solid waste collection from Waste Connections for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

The Cleveland City Council will also consider amendments to city zoning and subdivision regulations to modify the definition of a townhouse when it meets Wednesday.

The Council moved its meeting day from Monday to allow members to attend a Tennessee Municipal League conference in Memphis. The Council will meet at its regular times. The informal work session begins at 1 p.m., followed by the formal voting session at 3 p.m.

Waste Connections bid $1.936 million to Cleveland-based Santek Environmental’s bid of $2.006 million. Allied Waste, Arrow Disposal and Greenstream Recycling were listed as “no bid” on the tabulation sheet.

Waste Connections was lower on both residential and commercial pickup with bids of $5.93 per household and $1.55 per cubic yard for commercial. Santek bid $6.21 per household and $1.64 per cubic yard for commercial. Santek’s bid on commercial recycling was substantially lower at 80 cents per cubic yard compared to Waste Connections’ $1.40.

The possible change in the two codes affects the R-2 Low Density Single and Multi-Family Residential district. The change would reduce the number of connected units allowed from three to two.

Municipal planning commissioners voted 9-0 on May 28 to recommend changing the definition of a townhome to: “A one-family dwelling in a row of at least two units in which each unit has its own front and rear access to the outside; no unit is located over another unit; each unit is separated from any other unit by one or more common fire rated walls; and each unit is located on a fee simple, platted lot.”

The change would reduce the number of one-family dwellings in a row from three to two. The current definition would not allow the development of two-unit townhomes or mixing two-unit townhomes among single-family houses regardless of the zoning district, according to staff reports.

“Very often a two-unit townhome can be extremely compatible with single-family homes and often there is a very negligible difference in appearance and both types of units tend to be owner occupied. For this reason, the mixing of these types of developments has been known as an effective means of creating affordable housing with minimal impact to typical single-family residential dwellings,” the report stated.

City Planner Corey Divel said Monday the change in the codes would not allow townhouses in R-1 Single-family Residential neighborhoods.

Among other actions the Council will consider on the consent agenda are:

- Final Passage of Ordinance 2013-10 to amend Municipal Code pertaining to the OSHA Safety program update;

- Final Passage Ordinance 2013-30 to approve FY2013 Budget Amendments;

- Resolution 2013-44 authorizing Mayor Tom Rowland to submit an application for the Bureau of Justice FY2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $27,490, with no matching funds required from the city;

- Resolution 2013-45, the annual review of the city’s Debt Management Policy;

- Motion designating depositories for the city of Cleveland;

- Appointment of Chris McLease to the Wrecker Board for a new two-year term to expire October 2015;

- Bid report on health insurance;

- Resolution 2013-47 authorizing the mayor to sign a lease agreement for equipment for Parks & Recreation Department.

- Unfinished business includes discussion and possible action on banking services;

- New business includes a change order to LIC South for a 16-day extension for stormwater monitoring services;

- Resolution 2013-46 amending the personnel manual for sick leave accrual for fire department personnel;

- Ordinance 2013-31 amending the City Code Title 14 Section 14-1201(2) that the presence of four members of the Historic Preservation Commission shall constitute a quorum and that a motion shall have passed upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum of board members present and voting;

- Ordinance 2013-32 rezoning .56 acres at 775 Gaut St. N.E. from IH Heavy Industrial to R-3 Multi-family Residential;

- Ordinance 2013-33 rezoning 6.77 acres at 4025 Georgetown Road N.W. from R1 Single-family Residential to CG Commercial General;

- Ordinance 2013-35 rezoning 1.04 acres at Candies Creek Crossing located on Georgetown Road from CG to CH Commercial Highway;

- And, consideration of Bradley County’s proposal for funding of the animal shelter.

- City Offices will be closed July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.