Round Rock Edition | December 2021

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News from Round Rock

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QUOTEOFNOTE “WE’VE LEARNEDAS A COMMUNITY, ANDAS ADEPARTMENT, WE’RE GOING TOROLLWITH THE PUNCHES; WE’RE GOING TOKEEP GOING; ANDWE’RE GOING TO GET THINGS DONE.” RICK ATKINS, PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR, AT THE OCT. 28 COUNCIL MEETING REGARDING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND OTHER CHALLENGES TO HIS DEPARTMENT NUMBER TOKNOW The estimated ridership of public transit in the city during 2020, per preliminary data from the city’s transportation department 52,000 CITY HIGHLIGHT ROUNDROCK After discussion, City Council on Nov. 4 approved a resolution recommending the speed limit on a portion of Creek Bend Boulevard remain unchanged. The final approval from council came after staff presented a speed study to officials at an Oct. 28 meeting. Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said during the meeting his department’s recommendation is to leave the speed limit set at 45 mph for Creek Bend between Wyoming Springs Boulevard and the southwest approach to the bridge over Brushy Creek. Round Rock City Council Meets Dec. 16, 6 p.m. 216 E. Main St., Round Rock 512-218-5401 www.roundrocktexas.gov MEETINGSWE COVER

Council approves contractwithCentral TexasRefuse ROUND ROCK Officials approved an exclusive contract with Central Texas Refuse for its commercial waste program that will go into effect in April. TALKING TRASH Central Texas Refuse maintains the largest number of commercial refuse collection accounts in the city of Round Rock. Other companies contracting with the city, along with the number of accounts serviced, were:

CityCouncil approves vehicle purchases for city operations ROUND ROCK City Council approved roughly $1.15 million for the purchase of vehicles during an Oct. 28 meeting. Council broke the purchases into two resolutions. The first resolution is for 11 4x4 Chevy Tahoe SUVs to be used by the Round Rock Fire Depart- ment’s Community Risk Reduction At a Nov. 4 meeting, council heard citizen comment from residents and representation for the five sol- id-waste disposal service providers contracting with Round Rock. Paul Daugereau, the public-sector manager for Waste Management, asked officials to consider going out for bid on a contract if they want to select a single provider of solid-waste collection services. He added the resolutions would void what he described as city residents’ right to choose commercial customers. Round Rock Utilities Director Michael Thane told officials multiple vendors create duplicate routes in the city, wear and tear on roads, possibly more air pollution and less accountability than if trash pickup is

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SOURCE: CITY OF ROUND ROCK/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

contracted through one vendor. City documents state council directed staff in July to start nego- tiating with CTR for a single-source contract that would make it the only solid-waste collection service provider for residential and com- mercial property in the city limits of Round Rock. Task Force. City officials said the 11 vehicles come from grants received through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The second resolution is for three Ford F-450s, two F-350s and two F-250 trucks for city operations. The vehicle purchase is funded by the city’s drainage, utility and general fund. The Tahoes will be fitted with emergency lights, second-row personal transport cages and secure storage in the trunk. The vehicle purchases are included in the city’s 2021-22 budget.

The five companies contracting with Round Rock have franchise agreements to provide multiple waste collection options. CTR serves around 40% of com- mercial customers, according to the city. It is also the sole vendor for residential waste pickup services in the city. • 11 4x4 Chevy Tahoes: $598,518 • three Ford F-450s, two F-350s and two F-250 trucks: $554,735 Force will receive several Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4s. Council also approved several additional vehicles for purchase to replace others in use by various city departments. Following a vote from City Council, Round Rock Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction Task HOWMUCHDOES IT COST?

SOURCE: CITY OF ROUND ROCK/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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