Kremmling trash pick-up fees on the rise in 2010 |

Kremmling trash pick-up fees on the rise in 2010

Drew Munro
Sky-Hi Daily News

The second trash bill of the new year might be a surprise for some Kremmling residents, who will notice that rates have increased 8.8 percent.

The Kremmling Board of Trustees adopted the higher fees on Monday night in accordance with the town’s 2010 budget.

“When we first set up the contract (with the Trash Company), we did not take into consideration administrative fees,” Town Manager Ted Soltis explained to the board.

Nor did the town account for cost of living increases in the previous fee structure, he said. So, the town has been subsidizing trash fees.

In inflation-adjusted dollars, Soltis said residents were actually paying less for trash service than they did in 2005.

The rate increase merely covers the town’s actual costs, he said.

He also pointed out that, again per the 2010 budget, another 8.8 percent increase may be implemented in late spring or early summer.

When and how much depends on what happens with the closing of the Kremmling landfill and the construction of a trash-transfer station in Granby to handle trash county-wide. Soltis said there is still uncertainty about those details on both counts.

The new fees for one weekly residential pickup include: $17.40 per month for one 95-gallon tote; $17.40 for each additional 95-gallon tote; $54.40 per month for a residential Dumpster up to 10 yards per month and $6.53 per yard (prorated) for overage; $13.06 per yard for trash not in bundles or containers.

The new commercial fee schedule is similar.