One week after deferring a resolution, citing the need for more time to study the issue, Chattanooga City Council members voted to approve a $100,000 agreement with a wet-infrastructure company to oversee the initial stages of a new regional wastewater authority.
The council voted 7-2, with no discussion, to award the contract to MWH Americas Inc., a global company with several municipal contracts.
Council members Pam Ladd and Deborah Scott cast the two no votes on the measure.
In the past, Scott had questioned the mayor's proposal, suggesting Mayor Ron Littlefield's administration was moving too quickly on an issue, which could have long-term impact for city residents. Scott offered no comment before casting her vote against the measure Tuesday evening.
Councilman Andraé McGary, who motioned to defer the resolution last week, cast the first motion to pass the resolution. McGary later said he had requested additional time because the item had been added the day of the council's meeting last week and that all his questions had been answered sufficiently during the time designated for reviewing the measure.
"I requested additional time and that supplemental information be given with it, so we could have time to explore it, to dive in and ask questions," McGary said. "In that time, our questions were answered, and that's why we were able to move forward tonight."
Last month, the council voted to approve the formation of the Moccasin Bend Clean Water Authority, proposed by Littlefield. In the past, the mayor has compared the entity's structure to other corporate "umbrella" entitles, such as the Electric Power Board and the Chattanooga Airport Authority.
The group's vote also puts a process in motion for future approval of five nominees for the authority's board structure. Littlefield recently announced that the nominees are Phil Ball of the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association, Mark Blazek of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors, Maria Noel of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Don Moon of the Homebuilders Association of Southeast Tennessee and Bruce Case of the Association of General Contractors of East Tennessee.
The council also voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that will allow recycling containers to be leased to city residents for a one-time fee of $50. The 96-gallon receptacles will be used for all recyclable materials except glass.
The city plans an initial purchase of 2,000 receptacles for approximately $100,000.
To lease a bin, contact 311.