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Committee continues to discuss commercial garbage fee

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By Jennifer Caldwell

  When it comes to the proposed implementation of commercial garbage dumping fees, some local dock owners smell a rat. After recessing the meeting that began last Tuesday, members of the environmental services committee reconvened on Thursday afternoon to continue discussion on how to proceed with assessing a $31 per ton dump fee to local businesses including Flat Hollow Marina, Waste Connections, Fast Freddie’s, Whitman Hollow Boat Dock, Springs Dock and several others. During Tuesday’s meeting Flat Hollow Marina owner Gary Farwick addressed the committee with his concerns once again that the addition of a fee was unfair.  He started out by telling the board he was confused about which businesses would have to pay the added fee and who was paying now. “Some people are paying, some are not, some are commercial, some residential haulers are paying and some are not, I’m confused,” Farwick said in a previous meeting. To make his case Farwick presented committee members with a list of haulers noting that the majority of those listed were not being charged to dump. As the committee reconvened on Thursday the discussion of equitable solutions continued. Farwick again took the opportunity to point out the inequities within the current proposal. “Deerfield has a golf course, two restaurants and 500 houses and their hauler is not being charged,” Farwick said offering an example of the discrepancies in which businesses are getting charged.  “It seems like you picked out four or five people and decided to charge them the $31 charge.” When Farwick indicated that his garbage hauler wound up hauling garbage from a number of local residences, Commissioner Melvin Boshears suggested that there was a solution for that. “Now Gary, you can stop people from dumping in your dumpster,” Boshears said suggesting that Farwick should post signs on the property warning against unauthorized dumping. The dock owner disagreed arguing that policing the area would required 24 hour supervision. Benny Green, who also appeared at the meeting on behalf of Flat Hollow Marina, told committee members placing exorbitant fees on dumping would not be in the best interest of the county. “These residential haulers are really doing the county a great service,” Green said stating that without their services there would be far more garbage dumped on the side of the road. Committee members Whit Goins, Johnny Joe Dower and Boshears maintained that residential garbage haulers should be charged a fee to dump, they also agreed that if one was going to be charged then all should be charged. While there was a consensus that everyone that hauls garbage as a business should be charged, creating a complete and accurate list of businesses to monitor creates somewhat of a challenge. The committee conceded that more research into the situation will be required before making a decision on how to proceed. “The biggest thing is you just have to make it fair,” Farwick told the group.   To comment on this story and others visit www.lafollettepress.com