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Grand Lakes’ mandatory trash service ordinance has drawbacks for residents

To the Editor:

If you have a house to sell in Grand Lake, 85 percent of your prospective buyers will be looking for a second home. If the trash ordinance is implemented, you probably won’t want to mention the mandatory year-round trash fees ($500) for service weekenders can’t even use.

On the other hand, Columbine sellers will enthusiastically detail every drawback of Grand Lake’s mandatory curbside service and contrast it to the convenience of their always-available Dumpster. In these days of economic hardship, it’s hard to sell a house. We shouldn’t make it harder.

Other drawbacks:

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– With two competitive trash companies, if one doesn’t work out, you can try the other. With this ordinance, you will be married to the town’s trash company and there is no divorce ” no matter how incompatible things get.

– When the transfer station opens, all trash will be driven to Denver. If fuel prices rise, trash bills could go up dramatically. Because the automatic fee will be added to water bills, cost-cutting measures such as reducing trash output and sharing a container with a neighbor would be useless.

– This ordinance doesn’t address the needs of tourists who use town Dumpsters illegally because they just can’t find a legal Dumpster.

– Bigger government may not be a good thing. Services do not always improve when the government takes over.

Residents and second-home owners have one thing in common: They all love Grand Lake. Illegal dumping is a problem and so are bears. If we work together we can find solutions that will solve problems, work for residents and weekenders alike and make everyone feel like they got a square deal.

Sally Bertoli

Grand Lake

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