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Tahoe trash: IVGID to resume bear-proof container, garbage service talks

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — More than a year after the IVGID board delayed voting on a mandatory wildlife-resistant trash container law, discussions are resuming about future trash service and options.

Next week, the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees will hear a report from a committee of board members and district staff that has been studying the issue in light of the district's solid waste and recycling contract with Waste Management — the community's current trash-service provider — nearing expiration.

"I know that a lot of people are very interested in the trash containment wildlife issue," said Joe Pomroy, director of Public Works for IVGID, at a community forum in late January. "A lot of things are stemming from human error of using containers."

With the district's trash collection agreement expiring March 31, 2017, questions on the table include should wildlife-resistant containers for residential or commercial customers be mandated, and what types of trash containers should be allowed for future use?

In an effort to answer these questions, the district has been collecting public feedback, with more than 300 comments regarding trash service having been received, Misty Moga, communication coordinator for IVGID, said earlier this week.

These comments, which have been collected since 2013 when the district started looking into this topic, run the gamut, Pomroy explained at the Jan. 25 forum at The Chateau.

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While some residents say bear boxes should be required, others disagree. Meanwhile, others differ on who should supply wildlife-resistant containers and ownership options, if that direction is taken.

"It is very clear to me that one solution doesn't fit everyone, and so mandating a solution of this or that or the other thing, is going to leave most people on the outside," said Incline Village resident Steve Sidells, who was one of nearly 40 people at the Jan. 25 forum. " … One solution would not give us a good outcome."

Public comment such as this was collected at last month's forum and will be relayed to the board of trustees at its Wednesday. Feb. 24, meeting by the committee, Moga said.

The committee, which was formed in October 2015, includes trustees Jim Hammerel and Philip Horan; Pomroy and Moga; and IVGID General Manager Steven Pinkerton and Public Works administrator manager Samantha Kurashewich.

At the board meeting next week, the committee will seek trustee direction on how to proceed, Moga said.

"None of this has been decided," Pomroy said at the forum. "These are all options to consider. The board is trying to get additional public feedback and comments, so they can develop a service option to best meet the needs of the community."

Other topics tied to a future district solid waste and recycling agreement includes frequency of service, types of services and options provided, and who is the contracted provider.

Should a new agreement not be reached by March 31, 2017, starting the next day, trash would not be collected, Pomroy said.

In Washoe County, trash collection is mandatory and needs to occur at least once a week.

"We should have ample time to get (everything) executed — get a new franchise and work with the board and have them give direction on how to execute that franchise," Pomroy said.

Visit bit.ly/1SGvarI to learn more about IVGID's solid waste services.

If you go

What: Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees meeting

Where: the Chateau at 955 Fairway Blvd. in Incline Village

When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24

Online: yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid/board-of-trustees (agenda will likely be ready by Friday)

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How to comment

Email comments regarding future trash collection to Misty Moga at mam@ivgid.org.