Lake County News, California – Clearlake City Council approves the sale of Clearlake Waste Solutions


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Clearlake City Council unanimously approved the proposed sale of the company, which is the city’s franchise waste transporter, on Thursday.

Clearlake Waste Solutions has been Clearlake’s franchise freight forwarder since 2011 and now offers a universal waste and recycling collection.

City manager Alan Flora said that Bruce McCracken, vice president of Clearlake Waste Solutions, and another company official met with him a few weeks ago to let them know that they were in the process of selling the company to Waste Connections Inc.

Waste Connections is said to be present in 40 states and six Canadian provinces. The staff report said it serves about 25 communities across California. It is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas and Ontario, Canada.

On Wednesday, Waste Connections released its second quarter results with total revenues of $ 1.534 billion. Revenue for the full year 2021 is estimated at approximately $ 5.975 billion.

The franchise agreement between Clearlake Waste Solutions and the city requires the city council to agree to a business sale under certain conditions, Flora said.

Flora said he had respect for McCracken and his team. “They do an excellent job and are always a very willing partner in whatever the city asks of them.”

He said the fact that Waste Connections has no plans to change the company’s name or business gives him reassurance, as does the fact that they have an agreement with McCracken that he will continue to run the company locally.

“This is something that has been developing for a few years,” McCracken told the council.

He said Clearlake Waste Solutions took the sale due to a number of factors including rising business costs and regulatory changes. As a result, they believed that a company with more resources than Clearlake Waste Solutions could benefit the people and the jurisdictions in which they operate.

McCracken said that Waste Connections is a really good fit and fits into the Clearlake Waste Solutions culture. “If it wasn’t for Waste Connections, I wouldn’t have stayed,” he said.

He added, “It’s kind of exciting to me. It’s another chapter in a book I started reading 40 years ago. “

McCracken, who has worked in the Clearlake area since 1988, looks forward to the future, including developments in electric trucks and food waste.

Sue VanDelinder from Waste Connections was also there to speak to the council about the transfer of ownership.

“You shouldn’t see any change. If anything, residents here in Clearlake may have another option to pay online if they so choose or something like that, ”she said, adding that the company is also very philanthropic.

She said her job is to make sure McCracken has the tools he needs to get the job done.

During the discussion, Councilor Joyce Overton said she wanted the company to ensure that all households with accounts have the correct trash cans, and Russ Cremer, noting that the company sweeps Olympic and lakeshore drives once a month, suggested that to sweep it more often. McCracken said they were ready to do these things.

Alderman David Caffey asked about a planned expansion of the facility and whether it would move forward.

Yes, McCracken said they broke ground in January to expand their services. The new processing facility will ultimately make it possible to throw things that used to end up in the trash – such as pizza boxes – in the green waste bin.

Caffey also asked her to post prices on the company’s website.

Cremer decided to clear the sale, with the council voting 5-0.

Council welcomes new Finance Director, receives reports, approves grant applications

On other matters, the city’s new finance director, Kelcey Young, introduced herself during the session’s public comment on Thursday and thanked the council for bringing her on board.

“I am very happy to be here,” she said.

The council voted in June to hire Young, who was returning from Texas to her native California, where she worked for the city of Dallas.

Before working in Dallas, Young said she worked in San Antonio. She also worked in Seattle.

“I’m a California girl at heart,” she said, explaining that she went to high school in San Diego and attended college at Humboldt State University.

She has a background in procurement, contract management, budgeting and process improvement.

Young has two children and two dogs. You’ve been here for a week. “Clearlake has already stolen our hearts.”

Last year, Clearlake Police Chief Andrew White took on the role of finance director while the recruiting took place.

Also on Thursday, Mayor Dirk Slooten presented District Mayor Moke Simon with a proclamation promoting tolerance, respect, equality and inclusion, and the council received an update from staff on the progress of the city’s 2021 Chip Seal Project.

The council also approved entry into the Lake County Community Risk Reduction Authority’s Joint Powers Authority and heard news from Code Enforcement and the owner of lots 14541 and 14525 Lakeshore Drive.

Council members also turned down four offers for the Sulfur Fire Roadway Disaster Repair Project that employees asked for due to irregularities in the offers. The project will be released for new tenders on Friday with a deadline of September 2nd.

Chief White filed a motion with the council to prepare and submit two program income applications for $ 420,000 through the CDBG California Housing and Community Development Program. White said the city commented on the proposal as early as July 21.

He said $ 155,000 would be used to upgrade the senior citizen center, including renovating and upgrading the parking lot, landscaping, irrigation installation, and outdoor activities.

White said $ 265,000 will be used for improvements at Redbud Park, including a full refurbishment of the bathrooms along with auto-locking doors, possible repairs and paintwork for the boardwalk, and additional lighting and cameras. Repairs to the pavilion are also being considered.

Other items of business approved by the council on Thursday included a resolution confirming the appointment of David Deakins as Building Inspector II and the first reading of Ordinance No. 256-2021, an amendment to Chapter 17 of the Clearlake Municipal Code to repeal and replace regulations on the Management of floodplain areas.

The council met in closed session prior to its regular session to review lawsuits against the district treasurer and tax collector and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. to discuss and negotiate with Burbank Housing Corp. over property on 6885 Old Highway 53 to conduct the closed session.

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