Sherman Settles Trash Lawsuit

8-15-05 – After more than a year of battles in and out of city hall, the City of Sherman agreed to a settlement with commercial trash provider, IESI during an executive session Monday night. The agreement keeps both sides out of court and opens bidding on trash service this fall.

More than a year ago, the city decided to take over commercial waste services within city limits; forcing private companies – including IESI out of town.

IESI took the matter to court, but on Monday, the city agreed to an out-of-court settlement which requires Sherman to pay $64,446 to cover part of IESI’s courts costs. In exchange, IESI will dismiss all litigation and give up the option of filing another suit in the future.

In another term of the settlement, the city agrees to allow any and all private companies to submit a proposal to take over trash service in Sherman.

Two weeks ago, First News reported that a private company offered the city a five million dollar deal that would allow the company to sub-contract commercial waste.

First News has learned IESI made that offer. However, Mayor Bill Magers did not want to comment. The Mayor says the council will consider all offers when bidding opens within 60 days. He says they will take the offer that best suits the City of Sherman.