Eagle’s unmanaged, unmonitored yard waste pile is undertaking a shift in its operations.
In an Oct. 8 memo to the Eagle Town Board, Town Manager Jon Stavney and Assistant Town Engineer Deron Dircksen noted that the facility located on the west end of town near the Eagle Wastewater Treatment Plant “is no longer financially feasible to continue at the current rate of input.”
Eagle residents pay a $2 per month yard waste fee as part of their trash service, which generates $37,000 per year. That money provides between one half to one third of the actual cost to manage the site. The town is unwilling to increase what it charges for residents, so it had to develop alternative rules to address the waste yard costs. The centerpiece of the new rules is the contention that since Eagle residents are the ones who pay for the operation, they should be the only ones allowed to use it.
Last week the Eagle Town Board adopted a new ordiance that states “It shall be unlawful for any industrial or commercial establishment or business or any owner or occupant of a multifamily residence in a complex containing eight or more units to throw or deposit yard waste at the town’s yard waste facility.”
In addition to outlawing commerical use of the yard waste pile, the ordinance prohibits depositing construction and demolition debris and states specific hours of operation will be determined for the facility.
The ordinance states that the facility is intended for paying customers and anyone who violates the rules is subject to a town fine.
With the ordinance adoption, the town plans a public outreach effort to educate users about the new restrictions including a letter to local landscaping companies and property management firms. Additional signs will be placed at the site, expanding on the current sign that states commerical operations are not allowed to use the facility.
Enforcement of the new rules and construction of fencing, lighting and security cameras have been proposed for 2015.
Cleaning the stream
“You will hear about this,” said Stavney during town board deliberation of the issue last week. “You will probably get a call from the first contractor fined saying that he has been doing this for five years.”
Stavney noted that stricter rules for use of the yard waste facility are needed so Eagle can clean and manager its stream of yard waste products.
“We want to cut back the stream so the people who are paying the fee can use the service,” said Stavney.
Town board members supported that reasoning.
“Town residents should not be charged for something we are providing for out-of-town residents,”said town board member Sara Baker.
As they refine the operation, board members suggested working toward a fee porgram where commercial operations and out-of-town residents can use the service if they are charged accordinginly.