Town takes over garbage management
Garbage collection fees for Truckee residents will most likely go up in the short term, but council members argued that taking over the solid waste franchise agreement in the future will be a benefit.
Citing greater local control over garbage, the Truckee Town Council adopted an ordinance May 15 that will eventually establish the town as the franchise holder for solid waste collection.
“It’s about controlling our solid waste issues here in Truckee,” said Mayor Ted Owens.
The ordinance establishes definitions of service and responsibilities, and methods for payment of fees for both residential and commercial waste.
Under Nevada County’s watch, Truckee residents paid an annual fee of $104 for garbage collection.
Alex Terrazas, assistant to the town manager, said the county’s rates weren’t even enough to cover the bills from the garbage collector. To meet the difference between what was paid for services with Nevada County and actual costs, the town will most likely have to raise collection rates.
“The town and the council are put in the position of raising the rates because Nevada County chose not to,” Terrazas said.
A couple of residents at the May 15 council meeting voiced their concern over rate increases and the town taking on something they don’t have to.
“What do we gain locally instead of going through Nevada County?” Truckee resident George Robertson asked the council.
Town staff said rates would probably go up under Nevada County, even if the town weren’t taking over the franchise agreement. If the town takes over the franchise, they will also gain $130,000 to $140,000 in franchise fees that are now being paid to the county.
“Nevada County also wants to get rid of the franchise and the administration,” Town Manager Steve Wright said.
“It’s important to know that staying where we were doesn’t mean our rates would stay where they were,” Owens said.
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