The estimated cost of dumping Hurricane Harvey debris in a landfill is more than $950,000, according to a city contract with Arizona-based Republic Services Inc.
City officials expect the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse 90 percent of its debris removal cost, estimated at $7 million. The $950,000 is just for using the landfill.
Debris crews disposed of nearly 5,000 loads of League City debris at Republic’s northern Galveston County landfill.
The city council in a 7-0 vote Tuesday ratified a Harvey-related contract the city manager signed in September on the heels of the historic disaster. The contract specified a price per load, but the number of loads the city expected to dump at the landfill were estimates.
City Manager John Baumgartner signed a debris disposal agreement with Republic Services Inc. on Sept. 13 to use its landfill at 2015 N. Wyoming Ave. in unincorporated Galveston County.
“In an emergency, we negotiated a price and executed a contract,” Assistant City Manager Bo Bass said.
“It halved the travel time, and it had a substantial impact in shortening the time,” Bass said.
The council approved the contract three months after Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding in League City and the surrounding area.
The total cost of League City disposing of storm debris from Hurricane Harvey could reach an estimated cost of $957,519 at Republic Services North County Landfill.
The city has spent already racked up $907,519 in expenses for disposing storm debris there, city staff said.
The agreement established a unit cost of $5.50 a cubic yard, along with various fees that include an administrative fee of $10 a month, an environmental fee of $16.25 a load, and a varying fuel recovery fee of about 5.38 percent of the disposal fee, city staff said.
The intent of the agreement was to establish a negotiated rate of disposal and to secure a site close to League City, city staff said.
Using the North County Landfill, at the southern end of FM 270 where it intersects with FM 646, reduced travel distances for crews and hastened debris removal, Bass said. Before the September contract, League City would have taken storm debris to another landfill in Galveston, Bass said.
Three agencies worked to remove debris before schedule: Alabama-based CrowderGulf, Texas Department of Transportation and city debris removal crews.
The city’s combined disposal cost at the northern county landfill as of Nov. 13 is about $907,519. That is for all the debris the three agencies disposed there so far, but doesn’t include what loads are left.
CrowderGulf carried 3,250 loads estimated to be about 40 cubic yards per load or 130,000 cubic yards. The cost of that disposal is $786,500, city staff said.
CrowderGulf plans to complete its final pass Friday.
The Texas Department of Transportation carried 808 loads or 8,888 cubic yards to the landfill at a cost of $64,656. The department ended its assistance on Oct. 14, city staff said.
City crews carried 717 loads or 7,713 cubic yards to the landfill as of Oct. 28. That cost $56,363.
City crews will continue to remove debris as needed through the end of 2017.
The city has budgeted another $50,000 for unforeseen disposal fees until all the storm debris is disposed of.