Friday, November 02, 2007

Loopholes Galore in County's Trash Program

Earlier this month County Executive Charlie A. Dooley made an appearance at a County Council caucus meeting. Garry Earls had just unveiled the district plan and Dooley wanted to urge the council to act quickly on the matter.

With the new law passed in December 2006, officials still face numerous problems. Here are just three of them.

1. The ordinance limits the length of contracts to three years. Dooley wants that amended to include options for two one-year extensions.

2. There are currently no prohibitions for haulers who keep working in the district, regardless of who wins the contract. Earls said this means they could "poach" from the district.

3. The current law has a loophole that allows people to be grandfathered into their current contract. As a result, some haulers have signed up people to long contracts.

Earls said the county wants to limit the amount of time a person can be grandfathered in.But there is no guarantee that the council will address these issues quickly.


  1. Anonymous8:33 AM

    What happens when contracted Districts are downsized and broken apart by Muni Annexation? This could potentially financially ruin a contractor. Who compensates for the contracted work that evaporates?

  2. Anonymous8:40 AM

    The County spokespersons are saying that every person will be charged for Recycling, whether they use the service or not. That every person will be charged for trash service whether they need or not. Some people bring their waste to their place of business to utilize their commercial service. Some folks recycle at their church or school. All residents will be charged for service whether they use or not. Sort of sounds like the MSD lateral sewer repairs on property taxes. If you are on septic system, you still have to pay. County ordinance requires you pay, but not that you use. Failure to pay, will bring county prosecution and large fines against you. Wheter you use or not, whether you need or not.

  3. Anonymous8:49 AM

    All the County ordinance 607 requires is that all licensed haulers must provide for a minimum of 1x trash and 1x recycling. It does not require this District plan at all. The Ordinance also requires that residents have access to 1x trash and 1x recycling, it does not require they use it. The ordinance is flawed and should be corrected before this District plan is enabled.