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Fees may help keep Carbondale’s cleanup day in the black

How honorable are folks on Missouri Heights, up the Crystal, or in lower Satank? Will they try to save a sawbuck by claiming they live in Carbondale’s town limits?These questions will hang heavy at Town Hall when Carbondale attempts to charge out-of-towners a higher rate than in-towners at its Spring Clean Up Day, set for Saturday, May 4.”We decided to use a loose honor system,” said Carbondale’s new mayor, Michael Hassig, after the Board of Trustees approved the new rate structure Tuesday.The action came after Hassig and Trustees Fred Williams, Scott Chaplin and David Rippe were sworn into office. They were the winners in last week’s municipal election.Last year, folks dumped their trash, junk, broken swing sets, ratty sofas and much, much more for free in dumpsters at the fire station. The Spring Clean Up Day attracted so much stuff, extra Dumpsters had to be hauled in, and the project ran $6,000 over budget.To keep the town within its $7,000 budget this year, in-town residents will be charged $10 per truck load, and out-of-towners will be charged $20.This year’s cleanup day will also pay more attention to recycling than last year’s. The trustees voted to hire Colorado Resource Management, and the public will be asked to separate trash by wood, metals, cardboard and mixed trash.A memo from Colorado Resource Management said mixed trash will be shredded on site, and the metals separated out for recycling. The cardboard will be hauled to the Pitkin County Landfill for recycling. The wood will be ground on site for compost, and hauled to Cacaloco’s compost heaps at the South Canyon Landfill.Colorado Resource Management is charging the town $15 per yard.In other town business Tuesday night, the trustees reviewed a resource management plan for Hanging Valley Ranch, but did not approve it.Hanging Valley Ranch is owned by BSS Properties, and is located above Carbondale’s Nettle Creek water treatment plant on the shoulder of Mount Sopris.Last summer, the town filed a lawsuit against BSS Properties after two incidents at the ranch damaged the Nettle Creek treatment plant and forced it to shut down. At one point, 60 families up the Crystal were without water for six to 15 hours.As part of a settlement to the lawsuit, BSS Properties agreed to draft a resource management plan for construction, erosion, water quality and weeds.The BSS Properties lawsuit was discussed in a 90-minute executive session, which also included an update on the Hicks lawsuit.Connie and David Hicks live outside the town limits but receive town water. The lawsuit, filed more than a year ago, alleges the Hicks misused town water.At Tuesday night’s meeting, trustees also:-Issued a park permit for Dandelion Day, scheduled for Sopris Park on May 19, and to the Valley Cruisers for a car show in Sopris Park on June 8.-Voted Trustee Susie Darrow as mayor pro tem.


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