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Lassen County Times, Westwood PineDess Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 3B Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassen news.corn After a public meeting and some discussion, the Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authority Board of Directors approved raising gate fees at it's Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting. Rather than raising all the gate fees a certain percent- age, some of the fees remained the same, while other fees were increased, and some fees were either lowered or eliminated. Authority staff carefully RESOLUTION NO. 2007-03 - EXHIBIT A - AMENDED BASS HILL LANDFILL GATE FEE SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JANUARY I, 2008 , Description Fee 33 gal. can or trash bag, each, up to three per vehicle Loose Garbage and Trash Clean Green Wastes (NO TRASH OR GARBAGE) Clean Scrap Metal (NO TRASH OR GARBAGE) Vehicle Body (All Fluids Removed, DMV Junk Slip Required) Compacted Garbage and Trash (l fuse Truck) Clean Concrete and Asphalt (NO TRASH OR METAL) Refrigerator Certified Freon Free Refrigerator without Certification, each Car Tires without Rim (up to I6 inch), each Car Tires with Rim (up to 16 inch), each Truck Tires without Rim (I 7 to 20 inch), each Track Tires with Rim (17 to 20 inch), each Truck and Car Tires without Rims, bulk load Truck and Car Tires with Rims, bulk load Computer Monitors and Televisions, each Special Handling Fee Large Furniture (Couch, Reeliner, Desk, etc.), each Twin or Double Mattress or Box Spring, each Queen Or King Mattress or Box Spring, each Fluorescent Tubes, each $1.00 $ 59A0 per Ton No Charge No Charge $ 20.00 $ 51 A2 per Ton No Charge No Charge $15.00 $ 3.00 $ 5.00 5 10.00 $ 25.00 5200.00 per Ton 5400.00 per Ton No Charge $ 75.00 $ 5.00 $ 4.00 $ 5.00 The chart reflects all of the gate fees at the Bass Hill Landfill. They will go into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Chart Courtesy of Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Author!ty TMIg MEN'S I::~N reviewed current gate fee rates ,to help provide the board with recommendations for specific fee increases. The fees go into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2008. No one attended the public hearing and the board approved the resolution to increase gate fees on a 3-0 vote. The authority will con- tinue to offer a free dump day, The authority has not increased its rates' since it formed in September of 1998, but is anticipating an increase in operating costs including changing the Westwood Landfill into a transfer station, complying with State-mandated require- ments for heavy equipment replacement and installing a landfill gas control system at Bass Hill Landfill to comply with Assembly Bill 32, designed to reduce green- house emissions. If fess were not increased, expenses would start exceed- ing revenues from 2008 through 2023, reversing a four-year trend. Board direc- tor Jack Hanson said the fee increases are still a reason- able deal and Valentine did a good job in making the rates reasonable for customers. Board vice-chairman Dale Soul6 also said authority staff and Valentine did a good job. Soul6 said money has to be put away to cover the antici- pated cost increases. Prices at Bass Hill Landfill 33-gallon drums The price for 33-gallon drums remains the same at $1 per can with a limit of three cans per vehicle. More than three 33-gallon drums can be accu- rately weighed at the Bass Hill Landf'tll to fairly assess disposal fees, Loose garbage and trash The fee was raised 10 per- cent from $54 per ton to $59.40. Compacted Garbage and trash -- The fee was raised 10 percent from $46.75 per ton to $51.42. The fee covers all com- pacted solid wastes including those collected from residen- tial carts and commercial bins. Mixed Demolition Debris The fee was raised from $46.75 per ton to $59.40 per ton. The $46.75 fee was adopted when LRSWMA was formed in 1998, but autho?ity staff thought the fee is incorrect as demolition debris is more dif- ficul.t to handle than compact- ed garbage. Prior to the fee increase, the demolition fee was $7.25 lower than the com- pact fee. Ash-- The authority elim- inated the $6.75 per cubic yard fee, but a charge will be implemented consistent with t-he loose garbage and trash of $59.40 per ton. Fluorescent "tubes -- The authority implemented a $1.50 gate fee for the collec- tion of fluorescent tubes. People were able to take fluo- rescent lights to the Bass Hill Landfill at no charge, but it costs the Authority $1.50 to lawfully dispose each fluores- cent tube. Special handling fee- The authority raised its han- dling fee of $50 per load to $75 per load. The reason for the increase is because special handling requests involve approval from the manager, coordination with the gate- house and landfill operations staff, a special burial and seg- regation from other wastes, increased staff and equip- ment time and immediate load placement, compaction and covering. Fees remaining the same Clean green wastes, scrap metal, asphalt, con- crete and soil There will continue to be no charge for green waste, scrap metals, asphalt, rebar-free concrete and soil. Vehicle body -- The $20 fee for vehicle bodies will remain in place. The fee was reduced from $45 to $20 three years ago. Refrigerators and Air conditioners The fee for refrigerators and air condi- tioners containing Freon will remain at $15 per item. I Ruth Ellis Staff Writer Gate fees were changed for the Westwood Landfill and transfer statirn during a Tuesday, Oct. 23 Lassen Regional Solid Waste Authority meeting. Authority Manager Tom Valentine provided fee rec- ommendations and fee assessment is based on either a volume or a per item basis. Some of the pricechanges are: 33-gallon cans -- the fee was from $1 to $1.50 per can. The increase was recom- mended due to the highly sub- sidized operations at the transfer stations. 55 gallon drums the fee was raised from $2 to $2.50. ,Loose garbage and trash the fee was increased by 11.1 percent from $6.75 per cubic yard to $7.50 per cubic yard. Compacted garbage and trash the fee was raised 11.1 percent from $20.25 per cubic yard to $22.50 per cubic yard. Mixed demolition debris the fee was raised 11.1 per- cent from $13.50 per cubic yard to $15 per cub[ff~i:d2?~~ Photo featured are not actual clients or area residents. Integrative Counseling Services, Inc. Couples Adolescents Adults Individuals Bio Feedback Optimum Performance Consulting EAP and Assessments Rick Riddle, Ph.D. PSY20464 Robin Riddle, PhA). 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