Trashy Tale of Two Cities: CS Responds to Bryan Landfill Litigation

By: KBTX News Email
By: KBTX News Email

The city of College Station responded Thursday night to the city of Bryan's lawsuit againt College Station over a jointly-owned landfill.

The landfill partnership between the two cities has been in place for 18 years and the City of College Station says they will continue to operate the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Authority as usual. This despite the City of Bryan filing litigation on Monday alleging they have been denied the opportunity to have a say in BVSWMA.

Bryan city leaders also say they have been left off the contract for the future Twin Oaks landfill in Grimes County.

Bryan officials say if they are not on the contract they would be left vulnerable to suits if accidents where to occur on the site.

In a news conference Thursday night - College Station City Manager Glenn Brown says the city's charter won't allow another city to supervise College Station staff even if it's a joint supervision.

Brown also says even having the city of Bryan's name on the contract for the new jointly owned Twin Oaks landfill in Grimes County would drive up construction costs on the project.

Brown says city attorneys are working to find a resolution.

He says College Station will be sending to Bryan for their review the deeds to convey an undivided half interest in the Grimes county landfill. Brown also says College Station also offered to make amendments to the joint agreement that would release the City of Bryan of any liability if workers got hurt at the future site. He says Bryan never responded.

In the meantime, Brown says bid contracts go out August 11 to build the future Twin Oaks landfill despite Bryan's litigation. He says there's only two years of life left in the current Rock Prairie landfill and delays in opening the future Grimes county site would be unhealthy for either city.

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