The proposal would also involve the landfill shedding the responsibility of operating a trash collection center in
The changes would fix some looming financial problems for the
The R-Board is currently facing an operational deficit and must find
A pending recycling contract that would bring in about
To finance the
Once the R-Board has a positive cash flow, then it will have to determine who will borrow the money for the
A heated debate among five
Milde argued that putting the responsibility of litter cleanup back into the county's hands was fair since the financial responsibility for it was the county's until 2005. Milde pushed transferring the program to the R-Board at that time to combat the amount of litter in the county.
"It looked like a war zone," Milde said.
Because the R-Board was essentially taking over picking up the county's trash, the R-Board took over operations of the Belman trash collection center to balance the agreement with the city. Removing the responsibility of the Belman center now may cause some heartburn for
The prospect of ending the litter program serving the county already seemed to raise alarm for some
"That doesn't seem like a solution to me. That will just create another problem,"
The litter program currently picks up about 1 million pounds a year, the bulk of which is in
"I'm opposed to you not cleaning up the county,"
Only Milde and
"The R-Board shouldn't be cleaning up the whole county, and then over here begging for money," Milde said. "The free ride is over."
The R-Board asked both
"We are not in a fiscal position to subsidize the landfill. I'm not going to put trash over teachers," Sterling said.
Milde said that the
Sterling and Cavalier asked landfill staff to look into raising the fees that they charge commercial haulers to dump trash at the landfill.
They don't accept arguments made previously that the landfill has reached the point where raising the tipping fees would drive paying customers away. Landfill director
Currently, the landfill's base fee for commercial haulers of
Cavalier and Sterling also didn't accept the argument that charging residents to dump trash would cause illegal dumping. But Milde and Snellings didn't budge on opposing the residential drop-off charge. Both city and county residents currently dump trash for free at the landfill.
"Your phones are going to ring off the hook," Milde said to supervisors supporting the residential drop-off charge.
Dayton said in a report that all comparison localities have instituted a pay-as-you-throw revenue system for residents, or are subsidized by the locality.
Sterling took issue with the landfill's current tipping structure where the commercial haulers that serve
The R-Board is also waiting on bids for alternative methods of handling waste at the landfill that supporters have said will extend the life of the landfill and could possibly bring in more revenue to the R-Board. Those bids are expected to be presented in early August.
(c)2014 The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Visit The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) at www.fredericksburg.com/flshome
Distributed by MCT Information Services