Help may be on the way to get the Stephenville Landfill reopened to the public.

Tonight, the Stephenville City Council will discuss approving repairs to the landfill’s compactor.

Last week, Public Works Director Nick Williams said the city’s permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires that a compactor be on-site.

Because of this, the landfill must be closed because the city’s compactor must be repaired.

Williams tried to find a rental compactor, which is a bulldozer with a “compaction wheel” on its front rather than a blade, but the closest he could find was in Canada.

The city hopes to reopen the landfill by June 21.

The meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., is being held at City Hall.

Also tonight, the council is scheduled to elect a Mayor Pro-Tem.

Todd McEvoy currently is the Mayor Pro-Tem. Nothing has been said publicly to indicate whether McEvoy will remain in that position or someone else will take over.

The council also is scheduled to:

Discuss ‘Citizen’s Budget Requests’ for Fiscal Year 2007-2008, Hear an annual report from Specialized Billing and Collections System of Texas, Consider approval of the final plat of First Presbyterian Church Subdivision, Consider approval of the final plat of Ferguson Acres Subdivision, Consider approval of the final plat of Elk Ridge Estates, Consider approval of the city airport’s ‘Terminal Conceptual Design,’ Consider Approval of Ordinance No. 2007-11, adopting the National Incident Management System, Consider Approval of Council Committee Appointments and Appointments of Council Liaison to Citizen Advisory Boards, Consider approval of the bid award for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Tractor, Discuss 2007 Street Reconstruction, Discuss a ‘Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus,’ Listen to comments by City Administrator Mark Kaiser and then council members.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.