Meetings to be held for bear-proof trash bins
A proposed ordinance that would require bear-proof trash containers everywhere in Pitkin County will be the subject of two upcoming public meetings.
The first of the meetings, which are organized by the county, will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the county’s Health and Human Services Building on Castle Creek Road. The second will be Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the El Jebel Firehouse.
Pitkin County is calling for citizen feedback on the proposed ordinance, which establishes regulations and standards for the protection of wildlife. The law would mandate the use of “animal proof” trash containers or Dumpster enclosures for everyone in Pitkin County who intends to leave trash outside overnight. The public is invited to make comments on this ordinance before it goes back to the county commissioners for their final approval in December.
The ordinance would also encourage the use of centralized trash bins at densely populated locations and establish standards for proper storage of food and refuse edible to bears and other wildlife. The proposed legislation provides for penalties and year-round enforcement.
Pitkin County solid waste manager Miles Stotts said in a news release he recognizes that the bear problem is confined to certain parts of the county, but the ordinance must be drafted as well as possible to protect animals. Stotts called on waste haulers, residents, businesses and wildlife advocates to participate in the process of making the ordinance work as well as possible.
A copy of the draft ordinance can be obtained on the third floor of the Pitkin County Courthouse Plaza building or seen on the Internet at http://www.pitkingov.com.
For more information, or to voice concerns or comments, call Stotts at 923-3487.
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