With mandatory trash carts on the horizon, IVGID looking to finalize details
Special to the Bonanza
IVGID’s new solid waste contract
According to previous reports, the IVGID board voted 4-0 in July to OK a new 10-year contract with Waste Management. Monthly service rates will increase for residents, depending on one’s situation (from as little as 30 cents a month to as much as $9.73), considering all homeowners will have standard 64-gallon regular waste and recycling carts delivered to their homes by Waste Management.
Of note, 96- and 32-gallon waste carts will also be available for residents who do not want 64-gallon sizes, although monthly rates vary. Customers with existing bear sheds or bear resistant carts will not get new containers.
With the new system, wildlife-resistant carts will now be an option for residents to rent from Waste Management. IVGID is looking to update Ordinance 1 to align with that new contract, while placing heavy emphasis on residents to either own or rent wildlife-resistant containers, in lieu of Tahoe black bear problems.
Further, considering not all homes are primary residences — and families visiting second homes or vacation properties may leave town before garbage collection day — the new agreement provides an opportunity for these customers to take their trash directly to the IVGID Transfer Station at no extra charge.
More online: Visit bit.ly/1SGvarI to learn from IVGID and Waste Management about all facets of the new contract and offerings, including changes to billing, upgraded recycling service and more. You can also visit InclineVillage.wm.com or email Waste Management at InclineVillage@wm.com with questions.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — At the Sept. 1 IVGID Board of Trustees Retreat, the main items on the agenda included discussion about updating Ordinance 1 verbiage and where things stand with Ordinance 7.
However, considering the district’s new franchise agreement with Waste Management begins Oct. 1, the two-hour meeting never got past the issue of proposed changes to Ordinance 1 — IVGID’s trash and solid waste law — due to several concerns raised by residents and trustees.
Starting Sept. 12, all residents will have two standard 64-gallon carts (one for trash, one for recycling) delivered to their home by Waste Management.
However, some residents have complained that size is too big to fit in their garage; despite that, they were told that 32-gallon containers are not available until Jan. 1.
IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton stated that there was an issue in communication with the collector and encourages anyone who is interested in a 32-gallon cart to call Waste Management and specifically request it before the Sept. 12 rollout.
The local phone number for Waste Management is 775-831-2971.
Who is the Garage Police?
There was a lively discussion Sept. 1 regarding whether infractions can be imposed on people who leave unlocked containers in open garages.
IVGID Legal Counsel Jason Guinasso says the current ordinance is written in a way to prevent employees from entering people’s open garages to issue an infraction, even when it’s obvious that wildlife has gotten into unsecured trash.
Trustee Jim Hammerel believes that whether it’s a commercial Dumpster or a residential cart, an infraction should be issued whenever trash is left unsecured.
“You’re proposing that we let the residential customer off the hook when the commercial customer is paying a $500 fine? If you are leaving a trash can where wildlife has access to unsecured garbage, then that is the infraction,” he said.
Guinasso said that there is a lot of subjectivity placed in the people who don’t seem to care, compared to those who leave their garage open from time to time.
“Who do we pay to go around and check to make sure everyone’s garage is closed?” he asked.
“I think there’s a way to do this without making staff the garage police,” said Board Chairwoman Kendra Wong. “We need people to understand that they are responsible for the containment of their trash.”
Although Guinasso agrees that it’s ultimately IVGID’s responsibility to make sure trash is properly secured, there is the question of how far IVGID can go in citing people.
IVGID Director of Public Works Joe Pomroy said staff will work with legal counsel on what’s applicable within the law.
Zero Tolerance and the Fines
Another major discussion addressed what type of fines can occur when trash is placed on the curb on the wrong day, too early in the morning, if a commercial Dumpster is overfilled and not closed, and other infractions.
It is currently stated the first offense for non-compliance is a $500 fine, with the second offense (within 24 months) costing up to $999.
Trustee Tim Callicrate asked for clarification on whether a Nevada statute prevents IVGID from fining residents more than $100 per infraction.
According to state law, a GID can “… make and enforce all necessary regulations for the removal of sewage, garbage and other refuse …” Further, it says a district can adopt additional “sanitary” regulations and fine up to $100 for violation of those.
This discussion spurred another concern regarding change of ownership of a district residence.
Currently, when someone receives an infraction, the resident gets a fine and a new container. However, there is a concern that when offenders sell their homes, naive new homeowners may get a $999 second-offense fine because of the carelessness of the previous homeowners.
“Will the new owner get a letter when they buy a new house about the wildlife infractions and violations so that they are informed?” Trustee Matthew Dent asked.
“We do not do that; we can’t keep track of the house sale that way. We don’t care about the owner of the property, we care about the attractants. So if (the property) has violations, then the new owner inherits those,” said Pomroy.
Callicrate also asked about enforcement and if it would be up to the Realtors to communicate that message to new homeowners.
Watching the meeting on Livestream, 25-year local real estate agent and resident Gail Krolick (a former IVGID trustee) came into the latter part of the meeting to offer public comment.
“Realtors already police enough in our community. It basically puts a cloud on the title from change of ownership,” she said. “This is going to cause problems in our real estate community (and it’s) something that needs to be discussed thoroughly before any decisions are made.”
IVGID plans to address some of the concerns and come back to the board during its Sept. 28 regular meeting with finalized verbiage for trustees to approve.
IVGID Resource Conservationist Madonna Dunbar attended the Sept. 1 meeting and said once the updated Ordinance 1 language is approved, it will be an appropriate “compromise plan” that “gives people a lot of options.”
“ … We’re at least moving from an old-style, free-for-all-method to it being better contained,” she said. “Personally, I would’ve liked mandatory (wildlife-proof) containment for all of the village … A regular garbage can is not the right tool for this environment.”
The fact residents can rent a wildlife resistant cart is a big step forward, but mandating it would have set a clear baseline for everyone to meet, she said.
“There are a lot of options for customers; this is the most flexible solid waste system I’ve ever seen,” Pomroy added.
He also noted this type of agreement of being able to rent a type of container to fit one’s needs from a franchise is the only one of its kind in Washoe County.
Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Have a story idea? Email her at email@example.com. Bonanza Editor Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.