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Granite Shoals council keeps talking trash, sends proposal back for more work

GRANITE SHOALS — Complaints that a proposed solid-waste ordinance may create too much overregulation led the City Council to send it back for more work.

"If that ordinance passes, there are things that are not feasible to comply with because they are not industry standards," said Tanis Jamar who, with husband David Jamar, owns and operates J Bar Contractor’s Services in Granite Shoals.

She told council members April 24 that wording in the new ordinance would likely over-regulate companies that are licensed through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to haul debris and trash. 

Mayor Dennis Maier recommended the proposal go to a workshop for more input, and the rest of the council agreed.

Additional regulations at the local level could deter small businesses such as theirs from operating in Granite Shoals, Jamar said.

"Instead of slapping more regulations on solid-waste haulers, your ordinance should refer back to regulations at the state level," she said. "Haulers already have to follow those rules."

The proposed ordinance addresses solid-waste collection from typical trash pickup to construction debris and dead animals. 

Councilman Carl Brugger said the proposed ordinance could mean residents have to pay an extra fee for the removal of dead animals on their property.

"That doesn’t seem fair," he said. 

Several other council members concurred.

In other business, Assistant City Manager Ken Nickel said the budget may not be balanced at the end of the fiscal year,  with a deficit of more than $34,000.

He walked the council through the current budget, noting some changes necessitated by mid-year adjustments including increased fuel costs, lower insurance rates and unexpected fees.