Grand County rejects lower landfill fees for used concrete |

Grand County rejects lower landfill fees for used concrete

During a public hearing Tuesday to discuss 2008 fees, county commissioners rejected a decrease in concrete dumping fees recommended by Landfill Foreman Mike Meindl.

Meindl apprised the board that since landfill operators have been operating with truck scales for eight months, they have noted that the charge of concrete disposal may be too high.

Meindl proposed decreasing the non-compactible charge from $45 per ton to $25 per ton, with yardage rates remaining the same.

“The main reason is the outcry from the public about the high cost,” Meindl said, who informed commissioners that Kremmling landfill prices were much cheaper in comparison to Granby’s.

Commissioner Gary Bumgarner voiced his objection.

“I don’t think we should be reducing the charge at the landfill on anything with the amount of money we’re putting in there,” he said.

With recycling a new county-wide goal, Bumgarner recommended keeping the higher price until a further study of recycling costs is rendered.

Higher prices can provide incentives to recycle, he noted.

“I think we should make it more economically viable to recycle rather than throw away,” he said.

Meindl was then directed by commissioners to look into increasing the concrete fee at the Kremmling Landfill to align it with Granby’s for the 2008 budget cycle, then bring it back to the board.

A crusher at the landfill to break down concrete may also be factored into cost. Commissioners also suggested that Meindl look into concrete recycling at a local business in an effort to keep the material out of landfills.

As far as changes in other Grand County fees for 2008, commissioners approved raises at the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

Contract security fees will be raised from $35 per hour per deputy to $40 per hour with a minimum charge of $120. For use of a vehicle in contract security, the fee was increased from $10 per hour to $12 per hour with a minimum charge of $36.

For explosive fingerprinting, the fee was increased from $5 to $10.

Another sheriff’s office item is a new $30 fee for the collection of DNA samples with the cost of the test kit.

The Grand County clerk and recorder’s office also had a few fee changes. A new research fee has been applied, with a $50 minimum plus $20 per hour.

The price of a burned CD of meetings has gone up from $10 to $15, while copies of minutes have been reduced from $1 to 25 cents.

The VIN inspection fee increased by $5. It now costs $15.

There were also increases in election paper printout costs, election labels, monthly CDs of meetings, as well as fee decreases per-page in recording monthly reports and paper printouts.

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