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Waste board might shrink

For the past year, the board of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority has been bursting at the seams.

Ten publically elected legislators squeezed in elbow-to-elbow during monthly meetings in a year-long experiment: Every single member of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and the Crescent City Council have served on the authority board since December 2011.

The last scheduled meeting of the 10-member board will be at 3:30 p.m. today unless it votes to extend the current composition. Otherwise, the board reverts to five members, two from the Council, two from the supervisors and one public member.

The 10-member board idea was suggested by City Manager Eugene Palazzo in response to county supervisors’ attempt to create a second ad hoc committee to investigate the viability of restructuring or dissolving the Solid Waste Authority.

The authority was formed in 1992 by a joint powers agreement between the city and the county. It manages all things garbage- and recycling-related in the city and county, including overseeing contracts with private companies for garbage collection and operation of the transfer station. The authority also manages the environmental liability known as the closed Crescent City landfill.

During Tuesday’s meeting, an authority ordinance of some small controversy will be discussed.

“The solid waste and recycling responsibility ordinance” includes a clause that requires landlords to provide for trash and recycling  collection service for tenants, which has irked some landlords.

“Due to the controversy of these ordinances and the potential to amend or repeal all or part of the Authority ordinances, staff has been hesitant to fully enforce all of the provisions of these ordinances,” says a staff report on the item. The “lull” has led to fewer cases the authority pays the county code enforcement officer for handling, creating a possible hole in the county’s budget, the report said.

These payments will be discussed Tuesday. Supervisor Gerry Hemmingsen has suggested the authority pay the county a lump sum for code enforcement services, the report said.

Also, in response to the closing of American Towing, the Del Norte Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Authority will issue a new request for proposals for that program, which will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting.

The authority board meets at the Flynn Administrative Center, 981 H St.

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