SEMINOLE – The Seminole City Council unanimously approved a new agreement with Waste Management Inc. of Florida for refuse and recycling materials collection services at its Oct. 8 meeting.
Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn and Councilor Patricia Plantamura were absent for the vote.
“[The agreement] continues the current level of service that the council is most concerned about and expands our recycling program,” said City Manager Frank Edmunds.
The existing level for refuse collection will remain the same, but Waste Management will provide a larger 64-gallon single-stream recycling bin to all residential homes.
The city’s current agreement with Waste Management is scheduled to expire Nov. 30. The new agreement will take effect Dec. 1. It will remain effective for seven years with an option to extend it for another seven years.
“This gives us the option to renegotiate,” Edmunds said.
In other action items, the council:
• Approved an amendment to the Municipal Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund that modifies the ordinance’s language to comply with IRS changes. The proposed changes were reviewed by attorney Tom Gonzalez on behalf of the city’s administration, and they will have no financial impact.
• Authorized Edmunds to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Pinellas County for the implementation and operations of a surface water quality biological monitoring program. The cities within Pinellas County, the county and the Florida Department of Transportation have been designated as co-permittees of an intergovernmental effort to manage and control pollutants discharged into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. The new agreement includes updated Florida Department of Environmental Protection requirements for monitoring new state and federal Numeric Nutrient Criteria. This will increase operational costs for the city by approximately $1,500.
• Re-appointed Michael Estigo and William Schaefer as trustees of the Municipal Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund, and James Schnur as a member of the Library Advisory Board.