MONTROSE – The City of Montrose has solidified its agreement with a local trucking company to process its recycling materials for transport to Colorado Springs.
Earlier this year, the city agreed to take all curbside recycling materials to S&S Trucking's North Townsend Ave. facility for sorting and transport. Members of Montrose City Council agreed to increase S&S Trucking’s compensation, to $300 per load.
S&S Trucking is paid to sort, handle and compact the material for transport to Bestway, in Colorado Springs, choosing that facility because it will pay for the recycled material, said Public Works Director John Harris.
The city had used Cornerstone to truck materials to the SMARTS facility in San Miguel County, but when SMARTS shut down, had to find new transportation "literally overnight," Harris said. Cornerstone did not want to make long-haul trips to Colorado Springs and S&S Trucking agreed to take over.
Initially, S&S hauled six to seven tons of material to Bestway per 100-yard trailer, but due to improved compacting techniques, it now transports up to 16 tons per trailer load.
"That system has been working out real well for us," Harris told the council. "It's all in the efforts of S&S and their compacting techniques.”
Complaints on Water Late Fees
During the public comment period at Tuesday’s meeting, Montrose resident Jonathan Phillips pronounced city policies on water utility late fees and shut off procedures "draconian, unjust and inhumane."
Phillips said residents who suffer the loss of a job, a medical emergency or some other sudden loss of income cannot afford to the reconnect fee, deposit and balance of the late bill required for reconnection. to reconnect their water utility.
"In case you've never been there, when you can't pay your water bill, $150 is really hard to come by," Phillips said.
Negotiations Continue on Black Canyon Golf Course
City Manager Bill Bell told council that city staff met with members of the Montrose Land Company to discuss operations of the Black Canyon Golf Course in an attempt to preserve all 18 holes of the course, and that another closed door meeting will be held next Monday.
"We expect great things coming out of those negotiations," Bell said….Bell and Mayor Judy Ann Files announced their thoughts and prayers were with the families and victims of the Sunday accident Revenue-Virginius Mine near Ouray, which claimed the lives of two miners, including Montrose resident Nick Cappanno.