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Houston City Council Postpones Vote On Recycling Contract

Several Council members voiced some concerns about the potential agreement, including its length.



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The Houston City Council has delayed a vote on a new recycling contract.

The Houston City Council delayed Wednesday a vote on a somewhat controversial recycling contract with Spanish company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC).

The 48 million dollar deal between the City and FCC to provide curbside recycling raised some red flags for several Council Members, with the length of the contract being a reason for concern.

The contract would initially last 15 years, but it could be extended to 20 due to a five-year renewal option.

Although Mayor Sylvester Turner assured that is a standard length for contracts of this type, Council Member Greg Travis isn't sold on that.

"I disagree, I think most people don’t do 15, 20 years, most of them do five or 10. In fact, the City of Austin I think has a four year deal," Travis said as the Council debated the matter.

Council Member Dave Martin said he is worried that FCC was ranked last in some categories of the evaluation process, including the one related to the company's operational plan.

However, Turner underscored that FCC is "agreeing to move their principal headquarters from The Woodlands to inside the City of Houston."

The Mayor also highlighted that the company would commit to build "a 20 million dollar, new state-of-the-art, climate-controlled facility" and create "between 75 to 100 jobs."

Council Members will take up the matter again next week.

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