Recology-Auburn Placer holds the line on garbage collection fee

Supervisors approve Foresthill Transfer Station improvements
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Recology-Auburn Placer is giving customers a break this coming year and not raising fees. Under the Recology-Auburn Placer contract, the Board of Supervisors were in a position to increase fees by as much as 3.42 percent ? or 43 cents a month on a standard 90-gallon toter. Instead, county Facility Services Department?s Bill Zimmerman said that Recology-Auburn Placer would forego what could have been a standard cost-of-living increase. ?They?ve found ways to minimize the impact (of labor, equipment and overhead costs) within their existing operating structure,? Zimmerman said. The fee freeze covers the 2012-13 fiscal year, which starts in July. It takes in Franchise Areas 1 and 4, which encompass all parts of unincorporated Placer County west of Colfax, including the Foresthill and Iowa Hill divides. Incorporated areas, including the city of Auburn, have separate contracts with Recology-Auburn Placer. Supervisors Jim Holmes, Jennifer Montgomery and Jack Duran all had words of praise for Recology-Auburn Placer. ?I?m impressed with what incredibly reliable service they?ve provided,? Montgomery said. Clarifying a point on a question by Duran, Zimmerman said that a 3.42 percent cost-of-living increase could not be carried forward to be charged retroactively in a future year. In other board business Tuesday: - Supervisors approved Foresthill Transfer Station improvements estimated to cost up to $400,000. Kevin Bell, environmental engineering program manager, said the waste transfer station serves 6,000 Foresthill-area residents. After 28 years in operation, new paving will improve traffic flow, he said. - The board approved plans and authorized staff to go out to bid on the Dry Creek Community Park?s second phase of improvements. The park is located at 9245 Walerga Road in Roseville. Estimated cost for the work is $3.36 million. - Supervisors approved a blanket purchase order for bulk gasoline and diesel fuel to be used over the year by the Public Works Department road-maintenance division and Placer County Fire. Hunt and Sons Inc. was awarded the contract of up to $2.165 million.