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Recycling: Granby ready to move forward with in-town recycling site

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

A plan to restart Grand County’s recycling program was unveiled at Tuesday’s Granby Board of Trustees meeting.

Mayor Jynnifer Pierro explained the plan calls for a collaborative effort between local government and private companies. Those planning to participate in the recycling project include the Town of Granby, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), East Grand School District, Valley Recycling and Waste Management.

Under the plan, Pierro explained, the East Grand School District has agreed to provide property for the recycling center. It will be located behind Middle Park High School in Granby. The plan was previously discussed at the East Grand Board of Education meeting.

To get the site ready for use, the Town of Granby will contribute the use its equipment and personnel to grade and level the ground. Once that is done, the school district will pay to have it paved with asphalt.

To secure the site, a fence will have to be erected around it. The school district is currently looking into possible costs and contractors who would be willing to put up the fencing. The Grand County Commissioners have indicated they may provide county funding to pay for it.

Collection bins to hold the recyclables at the new recycling center will be donated by Waste Management while Valley Recycling will provide transportation of the recyclables to a collection center in the Denver area.

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The cost of servicing the bins at the recycling center will be split 50/50 by the Town of Granby and the Grand County BOCC.

Snow plowing at the new recycling center will be divided between the Town of Granby and the East Grand School District. The district will plow Monday through Thursday while the town will handle it Friday through Sunday.

The insurance policy for the recycling center will be handled by Valley Recycling with the Town of Granby also named on the policy.

The Town of Granby will need to pass an ordinance covering the rules for the recycling center’s use by the public and establish fines for those who abuse those rules. The Granby Police will provide enforcement at the site.

When the recycling center becomes operational, Pierro said, the plan is for it to accept

only four types of recyclables ” aluminum, plastic, cardboard and paper. Glass will not be taken, she explained, because of its weight and low monetary return when taken to the Denver collection point.

Pierro said the recycling center would be for “residential use only.”

Trustee Ed Raffety questioned why commerical recycling would not be allowed, pointing out that it is a “big part of the problem.”

Pierro replied that handling the high volume of commerical reycling would be a “huge expense” and hoped that businesses would “step up” to help solve that problem.

After fielding further questions, Pierro said she hoped to bring the recycling plan back to the trustees for their approval in two weeks.

In other business Tuesday, the trustees approved two applications by the Granby Commons Holding Company, LCC. Its manager, David Michel, presented the applications for the final planned development plans for the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 with Village Road in Granby. He described the proposed projects as a “mixed use, commerical development.”

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Trustee Greg Mordini, who is chairman of the town’s economic development committee, said he believed the town was charging developers “excessively” on their projects. He called for all these fees to be reviewed.

Town manager Wally Baird said he also thought the process for getting development projects approved was “cumbersome.” Pierro agreed, saying she thought it could be streamlined.

Pierro also told the board that she has been in contact with Jim Wear of Pro Promotions, the producer of the “Salute to American Veterans Rally,” and Fraser/Winter Park Chamber of Commerce director Catherine Ross. The veterans rally has been held for the past two years in the Fraser Valley, but it may not be held there next year unless negotiations are successful this fall.

Pierro said she told Wear that “if things didn’t work out, Granby is here.” She said Wear was “very touched that Granby was interested” in possibly hosting the rally.

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