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Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. FY 2008/2009 Solid Waste Funding Plan Public Meeting. Introduction & Goals of Program.

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Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council

FY 2008/2009

Solid Waste Funding Plan

Public Meeting


Introduction & Goals of Program

As directed in the Texas Health & Safety Code, one half of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) fee revenue collected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is allocated to the 24 planning regions under a formula that accounts for population, area, solid waste fee generation and public health needs. These funds are dedicated to grants to support regional programs and local projects consistent with the regional solid waste management plans prepared by the Councils of Government. Grants will be provided on a two-year (biennial) basis, beginning September 1, 2007, and ending August 31, 2009.


LRGVDC Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Goals

Goal 1) Reduce waste generation/disposal and develop responsible waste disposal practices.

Goal 2) Plan for and provide adequate regional waste disposal capacity.

purpose of implementation projects
Purpose ofImplementation Projects
  • Provide grant funding for start-up projects that will provide a direct and measurable effect on reducing the amount of waste going into Texas landfills, by diverting various materials from the municipal solid waste stream for beneficial use or by reducing waste generation at the source.
lrgvdc solid waste advisory committee swac

Committee Member



Arturo Guajardo, Chairman



Frank Bejarano

Cameron County


Carlos J. Moreno

Hidalgo County


Becky Chapa

Willacy County


David Ivory


Large City

Mandy Key


Large City

Elvira Alonzo


Large City

Ramiro Gomez


Medium City

John Avilez

San Juan

Medium City

Manuel Ramos


Medium City

Mayor David Winstead

Los Fresnos

Small City

Darla Jones

La Feria

Small City

Luciano Ozuna


Small City

Al Serrano


Private Sector

Al Gonzalez

Heil of Texas

Private Sector

John Dick


Private Sector

Scott Crane

Weslaco Scrap Metal

Private Sector

Dr. Jude A. Benavides

UT Brownsville


Hector Lopez

Port Of Brownsville


Patty Alexander



Laura Maxwell

Valley Proud


Deborah Cox

Healthy Communities of Brownsville


Darell Mangham


Private Citizen

Don Medina

Private Citizen

Private Citizen

Chris Lash

Keep McAllen Beautiful

Non-Voting Member

Ronnie Garza


Non-Voting Member

Cheryl Untermeyer


Non-Voting Member

Martin Ramirez


Non-Voting Member

Esther Prado


Non-Voting Member

LRGVDC Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)

Funding Plan General Information

Total Fiscal Year State Allocation:$814,190.

FY 2008: $407,095.

FY 2009: $407,095.

Program Budget Allocation:

1) FY 2008 Closed Landfill Inventory Budget 5% of Total: $20,355.

FY 2008 Regional Plan Amendment Budget 5% of Total: $20,355.

FY 2008 Regional Coordination Program Budget: 20% of Total: $81,419.

FY 2008 Implementation Projects Budget: 70% of Total: $284,966.

2) FY 2009 Closed Landfill Inventory Budget 5% of Total: $20,355.

FY 2009 Regional Plan Amendment Budget 5% of Total: $20,355.

FY 2009 Regional Coordination Program Budget: 20% of Total: $81,419.

FY 2009 Implementation Projects Budget: 70% of Total: $284,966.


Inventory of Closed Municipal

Solid Waste Landfill

The LRGVDC has now completed the required inventories of closed municipal solid waste landfills, and those inventories have been submitted to the TCEQ. The LRGVDC will notify land owner(s) and county clerks of property that has been identified as a former landfill unit if the exact boundaries are known. The notice requirements do not apply if the exact boundaries of a former landfill unit are not known. The LRGVDC will also distribute the closed landfill inventory to the TCEQ and to the chief planning official of each municipality and county in which a landfill unit is located. The LRGVDC Staff will maintain the closed landfill inventory and respond to public inquiries. The inventory will be made available to the public by the LRGVDC and each local planning official.

regional solid waste management plan amendment
Regional Solid Waste ManagementPlan Amendment
  • Regional Solid Waste Mgt. Plan has been approved by TCEQ
  • Provide copies of the plan amendment to all interested entities; and
  • Implementation of the new amended regional solid waste management plan.
regional coordination program
Regional Coordination Program
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee(SWAC) – Maintain SWAC, which acts as the central planning body for the implementation of the regional solid waste management plan and for the selection of local projects for funding; The SWAC will meet at least quarterly to discuss solid waste management activities in the region, solid waste management issues important to the region, new laws and regulations, opportunities for grants and other funding, other issues of concern;
  • Solid Waste Subcommittee - A subcommittee shall be appointed by the full committee to review and pre-screen all implementation project applications for administrative completeness and the subcommittee shall have the authority to remove ineligible applications from further consideration. The subcommittee shall consist of seven (7) members from the full committee. Members will serve a maximum of two years and will be replaced on alternate years. Subcommittee recommendations shall be approved by the full committee at a Regular Meeting.
  • Outreach, Education & Training – Serve as central point of contact for solid waste management outreach, education and training programs, to include serving as a regional contact for notices and information to public. In addition, maintain a regional collection of solid waste information and reference materials to provide to the public. Provide technical assistance regarding solid waste management plan, solid waste rules and regulations and any other issues.
  • MSW Facility Permit Application Review – Assist TCEQ with the review of permit applications for municipal solid waste management facilities with input from the SWAC;
  • Pre-application Review Process – Must provide a preliminary evaluation (forum for applicant to discuss proposed facility) of the conformance of the proposed facility with the regional plan;
  • Additional Regional Coordination Programs - Additional region-level programs such as education and outreach, further data assessment work, coordination of regional recycling market development and may include the funding application.
eligible recipients
Eligible Recipients
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Public school districts (excluding universities and other post-secondary educational institutions)
  • General and special law districts with the authority and responsibility for water quality protection or municipal solid waste management (e.g. river authorities and municipal utility districts)
  • Councils of Governments (COGs)
eligible project categories
Local Enforcement

Source Reduction & Recycling

Educational & Training

Citizen Collection Stations and Small Registered Transfer Stations

Litter & Illegal Dumping Cleanup & Community Collection Events

Other Projects(addressed in the Plan)

Eligible Project Categories
eligible expenses
Eligible Expenses
  • Personnel
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Equipment
  • Construction
  • Contractual Expenses
  • Other Expenses(not falling under the main expense categories, if connected with the tasks and activities of the project.
Allocation and Priorities

Category Funding Limits:

Local Enforcement 30% - $85,490

Waste Reduction & Recycling Programs; 70% - $199,476

Citizen Collection Stations; Education & Training;

Littler & Illegal Dumping Cleanup and Community

Collection Events; Household Hazardous Waste

Total 100% - $284,966

Grant Award Funding Caps:

Local Enforcement – $30,000

Waste Reduction & Recycling - $30,000

Citizen Collection Stations – $30,000

Education & Training – $10,000

application requirements

Application Requirements

Request for Applications (RFA)

staff assistance
Staff Assistance

LRGVDC Staff members are available to assist interested parties during the application process, but please contact staff early, so that we may help. Don’t wait until the week that the application is due.

Marcie Oviedo Ludy Saenz Brenda Salinas

(956)682-3481 (956)682-3481 (956)682-3481

Ext. 161 Ext. 153 Ext. 123


notice on request for applications
Notice on Request for Applications
  • LRGVDC shall provide notice at least thirty (30) days before applications are due.
  • Application forms will be available on LRGVDC web site or by calling LRGVDC office
  • Application form is applicable to all project categories.
  • A separate application form must be submitted for each individual project proposed. (no limit on how many you may submit)
  • Please be concise, but provide sufficient level of detail to facilitate to consideration of your proposed project.
  • Each applicant is required to submit one (1) signed original and 25 double-sided copies of their application to LRGVDC. Please do not include a cover letter or fancy binding.
application screening process
Application Screening Process
  • The Solid Waste Advisory Sub-Committee will review and screen all applications for completeness.
  • Each applicant will have a representative available at the review meeting to provide a summary of the project and to answer questions and concerns.
application scoring process
Application Scoring Process
  • Each member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee will be provided with a copy of each application received by the deadline established. Staff will also provide a table of all applications received.
  • Each applicant will have a representative available at the review meeting to provide a summary of the project and to answer questions and concerns.
  • The high and low scores will be eliminated. The remaining scores will be averaged to obtain the final score.
  • There will be no consensus scoring. Each member will score project applications individually.
  • Scores will be tabulated and averaged by staff, transmitted to the LRGVDC Board of Directors for final approval and provided to interested parties and made available to applicants.
  • Order to presentation of proposed project will be determined by project type and order received.
selection scoring process
Selection (Scoring) Process

Each application can receive a total of 100 points. There are four categories, each worth different amount of points.


Private Industry Considerations

  • Maintain a mailing list of private service providers in the region and include those entities in mailings concerning availability of funding and the process for project review;
  • Require applicants for funding to contact known private providers of similar services within the proposed service area and to inform the service providers of the proposed application;
  • Notify private service providers of the availability of project applications for review over a ten day review period;
  • Accept written comments from private service providers in the region concerning projects proposed for funding and consider those comments when evaluating projects for funding;
  • Before the LRGVDC Board of Directors approves the final project selections, a specific determination must be made as to whether the projects comply with the statutory requirements pertaining to private industry;
  • Advise in writing a private industry which submits comments opposing a project that they have ten days to appeal a funding selection decision directly to the TCEQ, with notification required of the LRGVDC as well;
  • Delay awarding a pass-through grant or proceeding with a regional project if a private industry appeal is submitted to TCEQ, pending a decision from TCEQ on the appeal.

Private Industry Justification

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) has a total of twenty-nine (29) Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) members, which includes twenty-five (25) voting members and four (4) non-voting members. Representation for the voting members includes members from the tri-county region (Cameron, Hidalgo & Willacy Counties) and is composed of 12% county representatives, 12% large city representatives, 12% medium city representatives, 12% small city representatives, 20% private sector group, 12% educational group, 12% environmental group and 8% private citizen group. Private sector representation on the SWAC currently includes representatives from the following companies: Weslaco Scrap Metal, BFI, Wal – Mart and Heil of Texas. Within the LRGVDC region many local governments coordinate services and work with the private sector. Over the past years the LRGVDC has not received any appeals on proposed projects or requests to increase the level of representation on the SWAC.



Please contact:

Marcie Oviedo, Program Administrator


311 N. 15th Street, McAllen, Texas

(956) 682-3481, Fax (956) 682-3295