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Choice may alter future course for solid waste

The future of solid waste management in Del Norte County will rely heavily on a public member, whose appointment will be vetted today at a meeting of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Board.

During the meeting, which starts at 3:30 p.m. in the
Flynn Administrative Center at 981 H Street in Crescent City, board members will interview the seven applicants for the public member position, which could hold a tie-breaking vote among board members. Two of them have publicly voiced support for dissolution of the authority.

The authority’s status  has been discussed in closed-door sessions during the last four meetings of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

Now there is a new move afoot to put to rest a 4-year-old controversy over the necessity of the authority.

The hiring of a private consultant to conduct an independent assessment of the authority and explore possible alternatives, “such as the city or county withdrawing from the (joint powers agreement) or privatization” will be discussed during today’s  meeting, according to the agenda.

The board will also vote on rate increases for trash and recycling collection and for the Del Norte County Transfer Station.

The rate increases, $2.30 more per ton at the transfer station, 21 to 81 cents more per month for residential collection, and 44 cents to $15 more per month for commercial collection, will likely be approved as they part of the contracts with Recology Del Norte (collection service) and Hambro/Waste Solutions Group (operator of the transfer station).

Wes White, the CEO of Hambro/Waste Solutions Group, is also scheduled to give a status update as to the continued restructuring of that company.

The seven applicants vying for the public member position are:

• David Alvarez, current orientation representative and former vice-chairman for Del Norte County California United Homecare Workers.

• Mary Wilson, owner of Ocean World and former chairwoman and current vice-chairwoman of the Solid Waste Task Force.

• Kevin Fallon, owner and operator of Crescent City Redwoods KOA.

• Warren Rehwaldt, physician at the Del Norte Community Health Center and current chairman of the First Five Commission.

• Ray Martell, current assistant director of Yurok Tribe Environmental Program and member of Solid Waste Task Force, former Crescent City councilman, chair of Solid Waste Management Authority and harbor commissioner.

• Sally Roy, current head counselor of Del Norte High School and Del Norte County Unified School District. 

• Ralph Dickey, current self-employed general contractor and real estate investor, member of Solid Waste Task Force, and former captain in the Fire Department.

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