Garbage fees, GRAMA request on commission agenda
In a reverse of an earlier decrease, the East Carbon Development Corporation (ECDC) has increased its tippage fees from $17 per ton back to around $22. This represents an increase of about 50 cents per can. Lower than expected levels of out-of-area garbage were attributed as the reason for the increase. During the last county commission meeting on Jan. 6, City Sanitation presented the commissioners with the increase and related statistics.
"We just don't see (a big increase in garbage levels) on the horizon. We typically have about 390 to 400 thousand tons, but last year (2009) we're down to 185 to 189 thousand," said the City Sanitation representative.
According to Commissioner Bill Krompel, the fees are typically adjusted on a yearly basis, but with the county's current tax revenues, the county landfill will continue to be free of charge.
In another legal concern, the commissioners decided not to honor a GRAMA request appeal from KSL-TV of Salt Lake City.
"What we've got is a criminal case involving Price City police and a security video of an assault at the high school. The county has designated those videos as protected and this is a formal appeal of a GRAMA request from KSL, " said County Attorney Jerimiah Humes, during the meeting.
The commission then went into executive session as a letter from KSL indicated that, should the county deny the request, its next action would involve a lawsuit in district court. During the session, commissioners weighed the benefits and shortcomings of the video's release in terms of public benefit.
"We listened to the arguments for approving and not approving the video and it was felt that to release it might be prejudicial to the case. We had our attorney send a letter to KSL, informing them of our decision and the dates of the arraignment in district court," said Krompel, by phone.
KSL's lawyer could not be contacted at press time.
According to a letter from the county, the video depicts an "altercation" between high school volleyball coach Robert Potts and resident Angelo Pappas on Sept. 18, 2009. Currently, Pappas is being charged with class A and B misdemeanors in connection with the incident.
Finally, commissioners granted a right of way in Nine Mile Canyon for a communications site which will help improve county communications within the canyon.
"This is our second site (in the area) and it should help us with safety and communications," concluded Krompel.