Paonia trustees were asked at the Feb. 27 board meeting to consider a resolution to increase town trash pick-up service by $1 per month. The proposed increase is in response to an increase in landfill tipping fees by the Delta County Landfill. Those fees were increased in 2017 from $28 per ton to $40.78 -- a 43 percent increase, explained trustee Bill Bear during the Feb. 27 Public Works, Utilities and Facilities committee report.
Bear said the increase will raise the town's cost of providing trash pickup by about $10,000 annually. The committee is recommending the $1 per account per month increase, which will "come really close to making up the difference," said Bear.
While the increase won't fully cover the county's increased cost, town reserves can make up for the difference and still allow the town to build reserves, noted trustee and committee member David Bradford. Those reserves, he reminded the board, will be needed when the time comes to replace the town's only trash truck.
The town has explored contracting collection services out, but has put that idea aside after requests for proposals issued last spring resulted in no response.
The town currently charges a base rate of $12 per month per single, 33-gallon container, with additional fees for additional trash cans and for additional items set out with the trash cans, according to town code.
The resolution is expected to be considered at the March 13 board meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.