Following several months of public input and review, the San Ramon City Council is set to discuss signing a new solid waste franchise agreement with Waste Management of Alameda County at the council's regular meeting Tuesday night.
After 13 years of operation, the city's current solid waste and recycling collection agreement with Waste Management will expire on Sept. 30 2019. Rates are expected to increase for a variety of reasons, but the city is leaning toward renewing its contract with the company, which has a 91% approval rating from residents according to a city staff report.
“When asked to prioritize low cost, ease of use, and what is best for the environment, both residents and businesses ranked them in this order, most important to least important: environment, ease of use, cost,” said David Krueger, San Ramon program manager, in the report.
Out of several services considered, Waste Management offered the lowest overall cost of service and lowest rates, a high priority for the council. Waste Management’s rates are reported to be 5% to 8% less than the closest bidder, Krueger said.
Prior to its Aug. 9 public hearing, city staff said that at a minimum, rates will increase by $6 per month for 35-gallon cart, single-family customers and $8 per month for 35-gallon town-home and condominium customers, for an estimated 25% overall increase. Rate increases will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, pending contract approval.
Factors contributing to the increased rates are beyond the control of the city, Krueger said, and include increased labor costs, state regulations that require increased organic recycling and China’s new restrictions on recyclables imported from the U.S.
If approved by the council, city staff will begin final negotiations with Waste Management and is expected to return for the council’s final approval at its Nov. 13 meeting.
The City Council is set to make its decision at its regular meeting Tuesday evening 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business
*The council will discuss updating its “Child Care Fees” ordinance, to better distinguish between single and multifamily needs, as well as how city staff can develop new ordinances to better use the fees already collected.
Child Care Fees are levied on new residential and commercial developments in the city to support the construction of additional after-school child care facilities on school sites owned by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District within San Ramon.
*Heidi Kenniston-Lee will officially be presented to the council as San Ramon’s Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency (TRAFFIX) has a new administrative coordinator.
*The San Ramon Police Honor Guard will lead the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.