‘Pay As You Throw’ nears implementation in GL
July 14, 2010
Grand Lake is moving forward with its Pay As You Throw trash program at the public works shop, with a public hearing set for July 26 to establish an enterprise fund for the program.
In the meantime, the town board has given the town manager the OK to begin setting up the program so it is ready to roll by August. The trash facility will be located where the former recycling facility was, south of the Grand Lake Fire Station.
The system would include a trash facility open to the public. Throwing trash in it will not be free. It will cost $4 per Pay As You Throw designated 40-gallon trash bag, which residents and visitors will be able to purchase at several Grand Lake businesses.
Medical Marijuana centers may be banned from Grand Lake, barring contrary public sentiment during an Aug. 9 hearing.
Town officials have said that it will be “up to public participation” at that meeting as to whether the marijuana dispensary issue gets on the ballot for a public vote.
If there is little call for a ballot question, town board members may go in the direction of banning marijuana centers in town. Town Trustee Elmer Lanzi said having marijuana centers would create taxing opportunities in town, but he would not be in favor of them.
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“It would be akin to having a Wal-Mart in Grand Lake,” he said.
Town Manager Shane Hale pointed out that banning the centers would not prevent medical marijuana patients from being clients of marijuana providers, which is still protected under the state’s constitution.
“For people in Grand Lake that need it, I think there’s still a mechanism for them to get it,” he said.
After an extensive dialogue with chamber and organization officials in Grand Lake, trustees opted to not pursue hiring a specialized public relations consultant, the cost of which would have exceeded $30,000.
Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke had invited Lynn Plage of L.P. Communications LLC to pitch a proposal to the town that would include major public relations strategies, most of which could be in partnership with the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce. The mayor did so in response to a recent Denver Post column that called Grand Lake the “Katrina of the West” due to its pine-beetle problem.
The mayor has since drafted a Letter to the Editor in response to the column to share how efforts are in full swing to regenerate the vegetation that has been lost.
Another story that appeared in the Post, the mayor pointed out, headlined Grand Lake “muddy water.”
Burke also said she finds it a shame that many people in the Front Range still have never heard of Grand Lake, whereas Winter Park, in her view, is more frequently targeted for the area’s marketing.
In response, Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Sable, along with Gaylene Ore of Ore Communications who commands marketing for the Grand County Tourism Board, outlined what strategies are already in place, adding there is never too much publicity for the town.