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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

City Council discus solid waste, recycling programs

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

Citizens who wish to be more involved with the city’s innerworkings had the opportunity to participate in a city council workshop on May 16. The City Council of Harker Heights released a notice that from May 16 and day to day thereafter, if necessary, the city will hold a workshop in the Kitty Young Council Member at 305 Miller’s Crossing at 3 p.m.

The subjects discussed on Tuesday included the review and discussion on a citizen survey concerning the city’s current solid waste collection and recycling programs, as well as a proposal from waste management for solid waste collection. Proposals from single stream recycling were also discussed.

According to Planning and Development Director Joseph Molis, the ultimate decision the workshop yielded was to revise the citizen survey. “Our current contracts were not discussed; the council felt the survey was too long, and the citizens in attendance commented more on the structure of the survey versus changing services within the city. We have a lot of objectives that we feel need to be reviewed, but after meeting with the council it’s been agreed that we can narrow it down.” Molis says that demographic data is used to validate census data, and though there is no specific date for when the survey will return to the council, he hopes it will be within the next few months. The Planning and Development Department is responsible for evaluating proposed land developments, preparing the Comprehensive Plan, geographic information systems management, implementing and administering zoning standards and subdivision regulations, inspecting construction activities, and enforcing building and development codes. Several other similar functions are also delegated by the department, such as registering new businesses and processing alcohol, food and dealer permits.  “Us here at planning and development like to get as much information out there as possible,” said Molis, “but our workshop is getting much busier, and fuller. Hopefully we can get the survey revised and back to the council within the next two months.”

For more information about upcoming city workshops in Harker Heights, contact City Hall at 254 953 5600.


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