Possibly changing the recycling system and updates on city and school district projects were topics the city’s three government entities and the chamber of commerce shared Wednesday during summit meeting between the organizations.
“Single stream recycling is another topic that is big in the city right now,” said City Manager Andrea Gardner who noted the council will review information about changing how the municipality handles its recycling program at an October workshop.
The city pays about $38 per ton of garbage it disposes, and last year it only diverted about 500 tons with its recycling program, she said. The savings could be much more if the city joins a single stream service — such a program allows users to place all their recyclables into one container — which has been operating in areas like Cedar Park.
“There is no reason we can’t get 80 to 85 percent (resident) participation specially if we eliminate some of the hassle of sorting,” said Gardner, who noted the city has about 20 percent participation in its recycling program now. She also said cities using the system through the Austin-area company have about 85 percent participation in their recycling programs.
A part of making a program like that successful is educating the public, said Joseph Burns, Copperas Cove Independent School District superintendent.
“If this happens, we need to make sure this gets out to the residents, and we would be able to send flyers home with the kids,” he said.
Gardner said she didn’t know if the council would agree with the changes or not, as it hasn’t been an issue fully discussed by the governing body.
The summit also included updates about the city’s reconstruction of Avenue F, water and sewer lines, drainage projects and construction of a water tank.
During the meeting, Burns shared the district’s goal of communicating with residents and making sure that the educational system is meeting the needs of its student and parents by offering some open door sessions with residents throughout the year.
He also said the district wants to hire a specialist to help determine where the growth will be in the city’s future, which will help the district determine where to locate schools.
“We think there will be growth, ... but we think there is about 18 months to two years before we will need facilities,” Burns said. “But we would like to be ready with those facilities.”
Burns also talked about some staff development projects that the city, chamber and economic development corporation may want to partner with, such as a health fair that would benefit employees and allow for basic health screening.
Gardner said such a partnership could beneficial to the city, too.