Carson City board of directors is considering raising fees at the landfill

Proposed rate increases at the Carson City landfill will be returned to the board of directors at its Thursday meeting beginning at 8:30 am at the community center.

If approved, the tariff increases would take effect on July 1. The tariff for Carson City residents who dispose of solid waste would increase from $24 per ton to $30 per ton, with a $10 minimum fee remaining the same. The extra-urban solid waste fee would increase from $58 per tonne to $74 tonne, with the minimum fee increasing from $30 to $42.

Additional charges would also be added to some items. Disposal of equipment with refrigerants, for example, would cost $25 for residents of Carson and $50 for those outside of the city. Tire disposal would depend on the tire size and range from $7 each to $30 each for residents or double that for out-of-town customers.

Two readings are required to pass a new regulation. The rates would affect garbage fees at the landfill, not home garbage collection.

As part of the proposed tariffs, regulators will consider a business impact statement and two interlocal agreements, one with Gardnerville and one with Minden.

In a Jan. 19 letter, Douglas Disposal’s Jeffery Tillman said the rate increases have “a significant financial impact on our operations” and would be passed on to customers. The letter also states that Douglas Disposal may alternatively divert some or all of the materials to “a less expensive landfill”.

Douglas Disposal itself charges $113.35 per ton at Douglas County Transfer Station, regardless of residence.

Both the cities of Minden and Gardnerville are seeking a phased inter-local agreement that would set the out-of-town rate for solid waste at $66 per tonne for one year.

The new rates would generate about $1 million annually in capital improvements and operations, according to a report by Carson City Public Works released in December. The 212-acre landfill has been operated by Public Works since 2000 and has not seen a rate change since 2011.

In another action:

• Regulators are considering a federal grant of approximately $2 million that would be used to reduce wildfires in west Carson City.

The grant comes from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act’s Hazardous Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention program. It would be awarded by November 2028 and would require a local match of up to $30,000.

“The project will enable the Carson City Fire Department to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires by reducing wildfire fuels on 850 acres in the wildland urban interface surrounding western Carson City through hand thinning, mechanical thinning and controlled burning According to a staff report. “This treatment will significantly reduce hazardous fuel emissions along the west side of Carson City, which is highly susceptible to wildfires. The $30,000 local match commitment can be met in kind.”

• Regulators will consider a decision to increase and amend Carson City’s 2022-2023 budget by approximately $131 million.

“The proposed expansion and revision is primarily due to the transfer of the program

Costs from the previous year’s budget, board actions, state and local grants, transfers for unforeseen reasons and unforeseen sources of income,” read a summary from the staff.

• Supervisors appoint two members to the Historic Resources Commission, each for a four-year term.

The commission consists of seven members. Lou Ann Speulda-Drews is seeking a reappointment and Joan Wright has filed a new motion.

Managers are also considering appointing a member to the 911 Surcharge Advisory Committee in response to the resignation of another member. The position is for a local operator representative. AT&T’s Charles “Andy” Polisso is seeking the appointment, according to an employee summary.

Regulators will also meet as the Recovery Authority to consider appointing three members to the Recovery Authority Citizens Committee. One position is for a business or property owner from redevelopment area 2 and two positions for citizens. Lee Kennedy submitted an application for the first position, and David Lambin, Margaret Green-Wilson, Richard Nagel, and Ashley Ackerman submitted applications for the citizenship positions.