Expansion of the landfill area will be one of the major topics discussed during tonight's Stephenville City Council work session.

Councilman Mark Murphy, chair of the solid waste management committee, said the contract proposal for engineering services will be the committee's main subject. The proposed date for beginning expansion will be considered.

The planning and development committee will discuss the minimum size of a dwelling unit in a multiple-family dwelling complex. Council member Andrew Johnson said that this is a former tabled topic.

“Previously,” Johnson said, “the minimum square footage for a single dwelling unit was 800 square feet. Lowering the required footage is up for consideration by the council.” The planning and zoning commission has already reviewed and made its recommendation to council.

Johnson said a developer is presently considering building a new complex in the area. If approved, the project would be the first time for construction to be completed under these new specifications.

During the full council's work session, a new contract for insurance consultant services will be contemplated.

Murphy said a plan to save on insurance premiums is always a priority. The group being considered will provide a variety of services including the best options for city employees' health insurance. It is expected the reduction in premiums should offset the city's expense for the service.

The committee and council work session will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the training room, located at 298 W. Washington Street.

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