HI board considering waste contractors

Friday, July 16, 2010

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- A number of possibly controversial items will head Monday's upcoming work session of the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners.

Once again, as it did in 2004 and 2007, the board will revisit the issue of contracting with a solid waste hauler to provide trash removal for residents.

Currently there is no mandated trash removal service, and property owners are free to contract with the hauler of their choice. They also have the option of taking their own trash to a dump.

The district has invited Phil Jackson of the Carroll County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) to address the board.

District Manager Kevin Crosson said he will present three options to the board: do nothing, bid for a service or sign with CCSWA. He said he will recommend the third option, but the final decision will be up to the board.

There has been strong opposition in the past from property owners to another required fee. Some property owners wanted to maintain their choice of haulers. Others, who don't live in Holiday Island full time, did not want to be subject to a monthly charge if they were not using the service on a regular basis.

Crosson said CCSWA offers a reduced volume rate for such situations.

The board will consider problems associated with solid waste service being unregulated, including damage to roads by multiple haulers.

Also on the agenda will be another discussion of the dog park proposal. Proponents are asking for the ballfield at the Recreation Center to do double duty as a dog park, but others have expressed concerns about the safety and sanitation of that option.

Although the district offered a possible alternative location, dog park proponents stated at last month's board meeting that they want the ballfield location.

The board will also further discuss clarifying the status and role of the proposed Holiday Island Marketing Committee, which was accepted by the board last month.

Crosson will present a draft resolution requesting the Carroll County Quorum Court to regulate the discharge of firearms in Holiday Island district limits.

Finally, the board will look at the final draft of the employee handbook, which has had some changes.

The work session will be held Monday, July 19, at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive. The public is welcome to attend.

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