Trustees Revise Granada Landfill Policy


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The Granada Trustees approved two measures during their December 12th meeting to increase fees for large dump trucks and to prohibit trash dumping from outside the Granada School District.  The action was taken after considerable discussion meant to find ways to increase the life span of the current large pit at the landfill and to increase fees for any future large loads.

The fee for in-town and in-district large loads carrying building material such as shingles was increased to $150 per load. The Trustees also discussed adding a manually operated access gate to ensure that any fees will be paid prior to entry to the landfill and that residency in the district will be authenticated prior to any dumping. Several years ago, identification cards were issued for Granada residents, although that practice has not been closely followed as of late.  There was also discussion on issuing new cards and having new signs posted explaining the changes.  The Trustees noted that out of town parties had been witnessed using the landfill, dumping agriculturally-oriented trash which was not easily biodegradable.

The Trustees adopted the budget for 2019 as well as Resolutions 2018-002, 003 and 004. A motion was made and approved to authorize $4,100 in repairs to Fire Truck #31 and to accept a 5.5% pay increase for the town’s three full-time employees which will amount to an additional $5,500 a year in the payroll budget.  The Trustees also voted to continue the insurance policy from CIRSA covering equipment breakdowns at $386 a year.

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty’s November update included responding to 29 service calls, including eight traffic offenses. Six warnings and two citations were written for the month for a total of $369.90.  The year to date total for fees is $24,902.10.  The Trustees approved two candidates for the VALE board, Roger Cordova and Edna Pennington.  Their nominations will be forwarded to VALE board members for a future vote.

The Granada Trustees will meet next on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.
By Russ Baldwin


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