Fort Worth council: Trash, recycling deals renewed

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Waste Management, the city's residential trash and recycling collector, won renewal of its contracts in a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday.

The council renewed the trash contract for 10 years. It renewed the recycling contract for five years to give Fort Worth time to update its solid waste master plan. The city aims to build a recycling facility in Fort Worth instead of having Waste Management haul the material to its Arlington center.

Waste Management pared its rate, and the city intends to put the savings toward closing the gap between expenses and revenue in the solid waste fund.

The company also agreed to provide 125 BigBelly solar trash compactors to the city, extend the RecycleBank rewards program for one year at a reduced rate, convert its local fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas and procure a new maintenance facility in Fort Worth.

Two horse shows added

The city won two new horse shows, officials said Tuesday. The Ranch Sorting National Championships will be June 4-10 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, moving from Oklahoma City, Kirk Slaughter, the city's public events director, told council members Tuesday.

The event will bring 6,000 two-person teams, or about 10,000 participants overall, given overlap among teams, Slaughter said.

The organization's regional show for Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana has also committed to hold its event at the center this April, moving it from Wichita Falls, Slaughter said.

Police 'pursuit' SUVs approved

The City Council approved the $1.37 million purchase of 50 Chevrolet Tahoe police "pursuit" SUVs from Caldwell Country Chevrolet. The Police Department will use the trucks in its front-line patrol, SWAT and zero-tolerance units, police spokeswoman Sharron Neal said.

The Tahoes are about as efficient as police versions of the Chevrolet Caprice and Ford Interceptor cars, Neal said. They're effective for the SWAT and zero-tolerance units because they carry more equipment, Neal said.

The front-line patrol is made up of officers who have a heavy call load.

The zero-tolerance unit handles tactical situations that require a focus on specific suspects or ongoing criminal activity.

The Tahoes will replace old Ford Crown Victorias, Neal said.

Wal-Mart grand opening is Friday

The grand opening of the Wal-Mart at Renaissance Square in southeast Fort Worth, along U.S. 287 south of Berry Street, will be 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The project is expected to provide a major economic development boost for the area. -- Scott Nishimura

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