New alderman will serve in Butterfield

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Butterfield City Council appointed a new west ward alderman at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 18.

Butterfield resident Guadalupe Meza stated that she was interested in filling the west ward alderman seat that was vacated by Letha Todd in July. Meza asked the council to consider her for the open position.

After a brief discussion, the aldermen appointed Meza to fill the vacant seat until the next general election in April of 2009. Meza will be sworn in at the September council meeting.

In new business, the aldermen reviewed trash service bids submitted by Advantage Waste and Allied Waste.

Advantage Waste will charge $9.57 per month per unit for trash services. This rate would be a 34-cent increase over current trash service charges.

Allied Waste's bid was based on either a one- or three-year contract. If the city enters a one-year contract, residents will be charged $12 per month per unit. A three-year contract will drop the rate by 40 cents to $11.60 per unit per month.

The aldermen voted to accept Advantage Waste's bid for the remainder of 2008 with a consumer price index increase for 2009. The trash service contract will expire on Dec. 31, 2009. The rate change began on Sept. 1.

City Clerk Georgia Wenell reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will give the city $28,712.26 for street repairs caused by flooding last spring. Wenell does not feel this amount will adequately fund the necessary road repairs. The scope of the project approved by FEMA also did not include all of the city's damaged streets.

Wenell asked the aldermen if they wanted her to submit an appeal to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). By doing this, the FEMA funding could be delayed while the appeal is considered, said Wenell.

The aldermen decided to accept the FEMA funding without submitting an appeal to SEMA.

In other business, the Butterfield City Council:

* Heard that the city's proposed building codes will be considered at the October meeting.

* Set the city tax rates, which will remain the same as last year.

* Held an executive session to discuss personnel issues.

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