Commissioners adopt new courtesy station fees
May 7, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.
Updated May 8, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.
Fees to use Victoria County's courtesy stations will increase June 1.
Commissioners voted Monday morning to approve the restructured fee schedule for three courtesy stations in Bloomington and Victoria.
Commissioner Clint Ives said the change might offset what the county is spending on recycling services.
Ives said the main change was in pickup load pricing, which increased to $25 from $20, and the pricing of a cubic yard to $15 from $11.
A cubic yard basically is a pickup truck load, Ives said.
Commissioner Gary Burns joked that the county is "still cheaper than the city."
Ives said there has been a huge, positive response to the county's recycling services.
The program started with a six-yard dumpster and within two weeks, Ives upgraded to an eight-yard dumpster.
Courtesy stations now use a 10-yard dumpster, he said.
Ives said the county recently purchased a dumpster compactor from a surplus yard, which will allow them to use a 40-yard dumpster to collect recyclables.
The Precinct 1 station, 706 Black Bayou Road No.1 in Bloomington, accepts household trash and scrap metal, as well as pre-sorted recyclables. That station is open 1:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. There is no charge for recyclable drop offs.
The Precinct 3 station, 751 E. Grouse Road in Victoria, accepts household trash and scraps from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Free unsorted recycling drop-offs, including used oil, are accepted 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, at 301 Quail Creek Drive, Victoria.
The Precinct 4 station, at the corner of Aviation and Bachelor drives, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Commissioners also held a public hearing and voted on an issue surrounding traffic regulations at Victoria Regional Airport.
The vote designates Foster Field Drive at the airport for "no truck thru traffic."
Foster Field Drive is the main entrance to the airport.
Ives said the change will lengthen the life of that road, which was not intended for use by heavy truck traffic.
Airport Manager Jason Milewski said truck traffic will be routed through Big Bend Road, South Hanger or Storehouse drives.
Businesses located on Foster Field Drive will still be able to receive deliveries, he said.
"We've noticed some damage to the road and, therefore, this is just a precaution to minimize that damage and create delivery and cargo entrances," Milewski said. "It's basically for preservation of the road and aesthetics."