Grand Lake sets hearing date for mandatory trash ordinance |

Grand Lake sets hearing date for mandatory trash ordinance

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

The Grand Lake Town Board has set a public hearing for a mandatory waste disposal ordinance.

The mandatory trash service, the law reads, would be billed to all town water customers. Owners of single-family and multi-family residences with less than eight units will be required to utilize wildlife-proof refuse containers and pay toward trash removal.

The law also includes curbside recycling. A town-contracted recycling service will provide recycling containers to residences, the draft law states.

Those residents who feel trash-removal would be unnecessary would have a chance to state their cases to the town, according to the draft law.

Certain residences, it reads, may be excluded from the mandatory trash service upon written request and determination of town staff.

Multi-family residences of eight units or more will be required to have trash service, left up to their choice. And recycling for such owners is not mandatory, but encouraged.

Before setting the public hearing for Jan. 12, 2009, at the recent board meeting, Grand Lake Trustee Benton Johnson asked that the law specify that refuse containers be locked down and not overstuffed.

The town of Grand Lake, the site of many wildlife sightings, says the law is necessary due to illegal dumping, and for “increasing public safety and protecting the health and welfare of bears and other wildlife.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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