Grand Lake suspends mandatory trash law
March 25, 2009
A mandatory trash-removal ordinance adopted in the town of Grand Lake has been suspended.
Town board members voted unanimously Monday to place a moratorium on enforcement of the new law, which required every town residence to have trash service. The moratorium could last until Nov. 1 or longer.
The main reason for suspending the law is its dependence on county transfer station plans, officials said.
Grand County’s waste transfer station location is still an unknown, resulting in undefined financial implications for a Grand Lake trash service, the ordinance reads. Not knowing where the trash will be hauled makes it difficult for the town to seek requests for proposals from trash haulers.
In light of the great number of letters, phone calls and visits in opposition to the trash law since its adoption, the town’s resolution establishes a moratorium directing the town to form an ad hoc committee made up of concerned citizens willing to review the trash program and “suggest amendments” to the trash law.
The mandatory trash law originally was intended to go into effect by summer.
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In correspondence that has flooded the town, many citizens of the community are opposing mandatory trash service for its burden to part-time homeowners, who lack the need for year-round service.
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