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Bayfield Town Board says no to curbside recycling
11/26/2013 By: Carole McWilliams
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By Carole McWilliams
Times senior staff writer
By a tie vote, Bayfield town trustees rejected a contract for residential curbside recycling on Nov. 19.
This was an amendment to the town’s service contract with Transit Waste. It would have added $2.35 to each residential trash bill to pay for the additional service.
The sticking point for opponents was that all residential customers would pay the fee, not just those who want recycling.
“We have to renew the contract,” Town Manager Chris La May told trustees. “We need to know whether to include recycling.” He plans to have the contract renewal on the Dec. 3 board agenda.
Trustees Michelle Nelson, Matt Nyberg, and Ed Morlan thought $2.35 was reasonable. They supported the amendment.
“Some customers could drop their second trash can and save money,” Nelson said.
Mayor Rick Smith objected “that it’s all (customers) or none. We are forcing something on someone.” He voted no.
Trustee Debbi Renfro, who also voted no, asked if Transit Waste could bill just the people who want recycling.
They’ve already said no, trustee Tom Au said.
La May wasn’t sure on that. “It would be a higher price. I can ask the question,” he said after the 3-3 vote.
Renfro said, “The price is reasonable, but there are people on fixed incomes who may not have seen the notice” of the proposed recycling fee. “I can’t impose it on everybody,” she said.
Smith wanted the seventh board member, Rachel Davenport, to have a chance to weigh in on the proposal, along with having La May find out about charging only customers who want recycling.
Trustees were more in agreement on La May’s proposal to prohibit parking along North Mountain View Drive during football season near the middle school football field.
“There will be a lot of upset people if we shut down Mountain View,” Nelson said.
It’s a safety issue when cars park along North. Mountain View during football games, Marshal Joe McIntyre said. He speculated that it’s mainly people from the visiting school who park there. There are enough parking spaces at the middle school, he said.
Public Works Director Ron Saba added, “They will even park on the sidewalk. There’s no way to pass two vehicles (between the parked cars). Kids run out between cars.”
There’s no shoulder on either side of the road, McIntyre said.
Renfro, who drives a school bus, said she has received complaints about the situation. “Some people will complain (if parking there is banned), and some will say ‘Thank you.’”
Smith was willing to support the no parking along with communication with BMS staff so they can plan to accommodate the out-of-town vehicles.
Other trustees generally agreed.
Trustees also discussed parking problems on Dakota Drive between Mini Mansions and Mountain View Drive.
Saba said people “are turning it into a junk yard. This just started to happen in the last six months.”
McIntyre said, “People in Mini Mansions work in the oil field. There’s not room in the (mobile home) park for their vehicles.”
Smith said the Dakota Drive issue is mainly in the winter for snow plowing.
Nelson suggested making that a snow route. The other board members seemed to agree.
In other action, trustees agreed to $7,800 of community service funding in 2014 for La Plata Youth Services, a diversion program for kids at risk of legal trouble.
Director Steve Brittain said, “Most diversion programs measure success if the kid hasn’t re-offended after one year. We look at a lot more, psychological factors. The kids we are seeing aren’t connected well to our communities, and they are using a lot of pot.”
Bayfield has eight kids in the program this year, he said, 15 percent of the total.
Renfro said only one of those kids actually lives in Bayfield. The others are out-of-town addresses.
McIntyre said they could be referrals from the Bayfield Marshal’s office because of a criminal act committed in town.
Brittain said he wants to start a satellite office in Bayfield, with services each Wednesday. “We’re getting really busy with the truant kids. We want a volunteer base to have services in this community. We’ll start a GRAM (Getting Real about Marijuana) group here in January.”
The $7,800 is the same as the town’s contribution this year.
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