Landfill expansion has become a priority. During Tuesday night's council work session, a proposal was presented to the Solid Waste Management Committee.

Bucher, Willis, & Ratliff's engineering services' expansion proposal is divided into two phases. The first phase is for the landfill expansion study recommendation at $10,212, and the second phase is for the final design and construction administration at a cost of $46,000-$71,000. Estimated construction administration per month would be $1,500-$3,000.

Committee members suggested researching grants and private funding sources for the landfill project. The proposal presented was discussed by the committee and will be forwarded to the full council for recommendation.

In other business, the Planning and Development Committee considered reducing the minimum size of a dwelling unit in a multiple-family dwelling complex. After the required public hearings, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended to the council committee an amendment to the zoning ordinance. The amendment would reduce the minimum size of a dwelling unit from 800 square feet to 500 square feet for one bedroom and to add an additional 125 square feet of floor area for each additional bedroom. Betty Chew, director of community development, told the committee the amended square feet was adequate floor space for a multiple-family dwelling complex.

The committee members recommended that the amended change be forwarded to the council for the scheduling of a required public hearing prior to the approval.

The city council previously approved funds for an insurance consultant service to assist with city employee insurance benefits. The City-County Benefits Services (C-CBS) is being considered for its comprehensive scope of services.

City Administrator Mark Kaiser said he has been involved in extensive research for the service.

“This company received high recommendations and fees are within reason,” he said.

The recommendation to consider C-CBS will be forwarded to the council for the Dec. 4 agenda.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.