CREEDE -The Creede board of trustees met for a special meeting in place of their work session Tuesday, July 21, and discussed several topics of discussion including trash receptacles and bearproof containers for Main Street.
The board welcomed John Graham, owner of MDS waste company, who gave a brief presentation on how the city could begin replacing several of their citywide trash receptacles with bear proof containers. Graham stated that though he did not have specific numbers to present to the city at this point, he ball-parked the cost to be between $8,000 and $12,000 to start bearproofing Creede.
Creede City Manager Louis Fineberg stated that he would be applying for a grant to help with the cost associated with the project. Graham and Fineberg also explained to the board that they made the decision to remove a dumpster that was causing a large issue south of town and since the receptacles removal, more people have come to MDS for temporary waste service and bears have cleared out of the area.
Fineberg explained that he was in contact with the Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus who stated that though there was not much that could be done about people filling trash receptacles that were not theirs, he could potentially charge people with littering if they are caught placing trash next to a locked and bearproof container.
“We need to lead by example. Hopefully by starting the process of bearproofing the city containers, other businesses and residents will follow,” said Fineberg. The board gave an administrative approval to Fineberg to have a grant application submitted by the end of the week.
The city is also working with Downstream Gas and Mercantile who will be charging for dumping services for guests. A large, bear proof dumpster will be available to people who need to dispose of trash through a program that will be ran by the convenience store.