Commission deals with money matters
Residents of the county will be paying nine cents more each time they have their garbage cans dumped based on the actions of the Carbon County Commission last week.
The commission agreed to pass on the increase in fees charged by East Carbon Development Corporation (ECDC) that City Sanitation, the trash can collection contractor for the county, has to pay when it dumps its trucks at the landfill in East Carbon.
"We knew this was coming when we saw the increase that City Sanitation was facing from ECDC," said Commission Chair John Jones.
Wade Williams of City Sanitation made the presentation to the county at the meeting.
"We are basing this increase on the 4 percent that ECDC is giving to us," said Wade Williams the manager for City Sanitation.
One protester over the increase emerged from the audience concerned about the way the increase was worded in the posting about the County Commission meeting. She felt that the information was somewhat misleading. But after some discussion she said she better understood the situation.
A little later in the meeting another issue over garbage collection came up with Darrel Russon who lives on Coal Creek Road asking for a variance from having to pay for garbage service.
"I live three tenths of a mile from the street and generate very little garbage," said Russon. "These garbage cans are not designed to be used for that distance (on a dirt road). They are designed for city dwellers. It is hard to move them."
He pointed out that he could haul his own garbage which is minimal. He says he recycles most of what he produces and that in the last 45 months he has only put out the can six times. He estimates at that rate it costs him $75 each time he puts his garbage out.
"I think the ordinance should be changed to accommodate situations like mine," said Russon.
Russon said he had surveyed the counties around Carbon by phone and that they have no ordinance that forces residents to have garbage pickup if they don't want it.
The commission discussed the situation but they felt since the ordinance was in place and had been for a number of years there was little they could do. Their concerns were that making exceptions would snowball and create problems for both City Sanitation and for the county.
In another money matter the county also took bids for the Seeley Fire EWP Project. This project is to protect the stream channels and to improve the stream crossings where roads travel across the washes in the area. The Seeley Fire scarred the mountains and foothills west of Carbon County two years ago and since then water that comes down when thundershowers and or heavy rains occur are damaging not only to crossings but some channels as well.
The bids for the project went as follows: Nielsen Construction, $686,179.50; Christensen Brothers Rock Production Inc., $965,641; TNT General Contractors LLC, $682,835; Nelco Contractors, $873,955; Feller Enterprises, $687,250.
The commission tentatively accepted the bid from TNT but turned it over to Jones and Demille Engineering for review. The construction on the project will start this spring.