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Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors
by Lora-Marie Bernard and Jim Guidry
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday got off to a late start due to traffic problems related to a fatal motorcycle accident on the Southwest Freeway.  It was late in the meeting before enough members arrived to make a quorum.

The Plans and Project Review Committee, which was scheduled to meet prior to the full board meeting and make a recommendation on a proposed landfill on Fairbanks N. Houston Road, also suffered the lack of a quorum and could not act on the item. But the full board did move forward based on staff recommendation.  Listen (5:12)

“The project before you today is from USA Waste of Texas Landfills,” explained Amy Boyers of the H-GAC staff.  “They have applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to amend the existing Type 4 for the Fairbanks Landfill.”

She explained that a Type 4 landfill accept brush and construction demolition debris.

“The current and proposed site entrance and exit are located off of Fairbanks N. Houston Road,” she said.  “There are no existing or future restrictions on this roadway that would prevent safe and efficient operations by a landfill or other vehicles in the area.”

The board voted unanimously to find that the landfill is consistent with plans, policies and H-GAC review criteria.

The board discussed a staff recommendation regarding employee salary ranges for 2014.  Listen (5:22)

“In summary, H-GAC divides its employees into 12 salary groups which group similar job families here that require a similar level of professional effort, preparation, education, in some cases certification and in some cases not, and impact on H-GAC and this region for the future,” H-GAC Executive Director Jack Steele explained.  “We compare each one of these jobs and job families to similar classification plans in other area local governments, and others around the region, including some selected private sector employers with which we have some interest and communication.”

The item will be considered for action at the next meeting of the H-GAC board.

All remaining action items on the agenda were approved unanimously.  Agenda 
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