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The Cleburne Transfer Station will soon become more user friendly. 

Cleburne City Council members on Tuesday hired Home Run Construction to renovate the transfer station including, among other features, improvements to the drop off system for residents.

Council authorized the project for an amount not to exceed $381,000.

The improvements, Public Works Director Jeremy Hutt said, will increase operational efficiency.

Council funded the project, which is expected to take about 120 days, in the current year’s budget. 

“This is a great step forward for the transfer station and will greatly benefit the average Cleburne resident,” Hutt said.

The new dedicated resident drop off area to be installed will improve efficiency by reducing wait times both for residents and commercial customers, Hutt said.

The current system requires all customers to drive onto the scale, continue to the tipping floor to drop off then return to the line to drive across the scale once more.

“Which can be daunting especially for residents who are just dropping off after cleaning out their garage on a Saturday afternoon,” Hutt said. “This will provide a more convenient facility for those residents who do drop-offs maybe once or twice a year.”

That system will remain in place for commercial customers.

Residents with smaller loads — residents are allowed one free drop off per month up to 800 pounds — will soon enjoy a through lane. Under the new system residents will drive to the scale where an attendant will direct to one of several new drop off areas soon to be installed.

“They can drop off into one of the dumpsters and be on their way,” Hutt said. “They won’t have to go back and get weighed again.”

Hutt, in answer to a question from Councilman Mike Mann, said residents hauling more than 800 pounds or those making repeat trips will still have to go through the current system.

Hutt noted that Home Run Construction’s bid came in at $338,770, significantly below the $381,000 council budgeted. Hutt requested that the excess money budgeted be set aside for additional equipment needs at the transfer station. Council took no action on that request although Mann suggested that the additional funding should go toward extra staffing. Council did, however, approve, Home Run Construction’s bid as well as contingency funds in the amount of $42,263 should any unexpected change orders arise.

Work is expected to begin early next year and complete in April or May, Hutt said.

City staff also plan to present new rate adjustments for non-residents making drop offs, Hutt said.

“As we’re growing and other facilities are closing we’ve seen an increase in business at the transfer station,” Hutt said.

Hutt, in answer to a question from Councilman Chris Boedeker, said that his department applied for two grants to try to cover or offset renovation costs but that both were unsuccessful.

Dock of the bay

Council voted to update ordinances, in place since 1964, governing piers and boathouses at Lake Pat Cleburne.

The city owns the land surrounding the lake but had previously allowed for private piers or boathouses provided the owners received city approval. Eleven such structures exist as of now.

 The changes approved don’t disallow future structures but will limit their numbers and require a land usage agreement. The new ordinance also makes the city council the approving body for such requests as opposed to city building inspectors. The allows for existing structures to remain in place but requires upkeep and maintenance of those and any future structures built.

Councilman John Warren, in jest, suggested that the lake bottom should be video taped to determine how many beer and soda cans and bottle are down there. Warren added that he knows for a fact that a 1946 Chevrolet with a case of beer in the back seat rests somewhere below Lake Pat’s surface but declined to elaborate further.

“What kind of beer was it?” Mann asked.

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