Green waste dump fee up?

Written by Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat December 17, 2012 10:04 am

 

 

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.

It could get more expensive for Tuolumne County residents to get rid of yard clippings and green waste.

The county Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday to increase rates at the Cal Sierra Earth Resources Facility. The board last month increased prices for solid waste curbside pickup and tipping fees for the county’s franchise areas, but held off on increasing green waste fees after some debate over the proposed rates.

 

 

 

 

 

Currently, grass, leaves, wood and stumps can be taken to the Standard-area facility, with the most common rate set at $2.50 for a half-yard of organic material, according to meeting documents. The center also charges a minimum measurement of one-half cubic yard for yard waste.

The proposal would increase those rates to $3.50 for a half-yard of green, organic waste, and would raise the minimum unit of measurement to one cubic yard.

The new rate structure would also include $23 per cubic yard of asphalt, brick, rock and other inert material, $11 per yard of dirt, $30 per cubic yard of treated wood, and between $7 and $35 per stump depending on the size.

According to the meeting documents, Waste Management submitted a request for the increased rates in September. The facility has not increased rates since 2003.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda:

• A continued public hearing and possible decision on the county’s Biological Resources Review Guide. The guide is meant to be a tool for developers to navigate state, federal and local environmental regulations that apply to building.

• A special recognition for both Dick Pland and Liz Bass, two supervisors who will serve at their last meeting Tuesday before the end of their terms.

• A possible decision on naming the road that will provide access to the county’s Law and Justice Center.

• Contracts for inpatient psychiatric services between the county and Sierra Vista Hospital and Kaweah Delta Health District.