IVGID begins talks with Waste Management on new trash contract
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — More than a year after being placed on the curb, the topic of future trash collection and service options has been picked up by the IVGID board and is being carried farther down the road to be sorted.
In unanimous votes last week, the five-member Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees approved recommended service options and for negotiations to begin with the community’s current solid waste provider, Waste Management — with those options serving as a guide for a new contract.
“Our goal was … offering as many options as possible and allowing people to really customize their garbage experience … to make sure that it fits for them rather than offering a one-size solution needs to fit all,” said Trustee Jim Hammerel, who sits on the general manager’s committee tasked with investigating solid waste service options for the community. “We’re hoping to cover as many bases as we can.”
Below are a few highlights of the recommended service options for residential customers, defined as those with curbside trash pick up, by the committee:
Zero tolerance for wildlife offense(s), with citation and wildlife-resistent carts to be supplied by the trash collector should an incident occur.
Continue incentivizing the installation of bear boxes by offering lower service rates and a rebate program.
Weekly recycling in a collector-supplied cart; blue bag program to be discontinued.
Continue the SHARPS program for medical waste, and house service for disabled customers for no additional charge.
Upon hearing these and other recommended residential options, Trustee Tim Callicrate at the Feb. 24 meeting acknowledged that “it doesn’t satisfy every single person in the community.
“However, I think this hits about 99 percent of the folks here,” he said. “ … I think you guys (the GM’s committee) have done an incredible job really drilling down and addressing the residential service component of this, and I’m really happy to see what you’ve put together.”
As for recommended service options for commercial customers, defined as those with Dumpster pickup, they include:
Continued use of wildlife-resistent Dumpsters, supplied by the collector.
Option to rent a park style Dumpster from the collector, or supplied due to wildlife offense.
Zero tolerance for wildlife offense(s).
Joe Pomroy, director of Public Works for IVGID, reminded residents and trustees on Feb. 24 that these options are subject to change based on negotiations with a potential collector.
District staff will use the 90 days following the meeting to negotiate with Waste Management on a potential contract renewal. IVGID’s existing agreement with the company expires March 31, 2017.
“If the prices are not at market value, (or) if the services are not those that (trustees have) requested, we’ve still got plenty of time to go out to bid and look to see what else is available in the market place,” said IVGID General Manager Steven Pinkerton. “I think we have the best of both worlds.
“… You never want to negotiate against yourself by having time as an enemy.”
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