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Bear-proof cans subject of meeting

by Timothy Bowman

Douglas County Commissioners are bearing down on the trash can issue.

The board is expected to hear public comment today at the Douglas County Administrative Building in Stateline on a proposed ordinance to require bear-proof trash containers for Douglas County homes and businesses at Lake Tahoe.

There will be public input on the issue again at their July 19 meeting, at which time the commission will make a decision to adopt or deny the ordinance. If the bear-proof collection bin ordinance is approved July 19 it will go into effect within 30 days.

While pubic input has been limited so far, Commissioner Don Minor said the commentary has been helpful.

“(There has been) very high quality input from half a dozen concerned citizens in the most highly affected areas,” Minor said. “Those who have actually had the experience of bear encounters have been quite vocal in drafting the appropriate language for an ordinance.”

In May, Minor said there may be some opposition to the ordinance due to the expense of bear-proof containers. The containers can cost as much as $300 which could be a major expense for many Tahoe-Douglas Residents. Minor said he is looking forward to receiving more comments from the public on the issue.

“I’m hoping to hear more support in certain areas so we have a broad-based vision of what the community wants and needs,” Minor said.

Minor said the commission plans to write the ordinance and the enforcement policies so that they are not too much of a burden on Tahoe-Douglas residents. Persons not in compliance would receive three warnings before a citation is issued. The county will not carry out active enforcement of the ordinance. Warnings and citations would be given based on complaints.

“I think there is an appetite to adopt something that is reasonable and not make it burdensome on all of the residents but to bring the offenders into compliance through education and enforcement,” Minor said. “It is going to be more of a neighborhood enforcement type action rather than having the bear-proof receptacle people out there.”

Other items the Douglas County Commissioners will consider:

n Discussion and possible action on the approval of a non-sufficient funds check fee and collection program for the Tahoe Justice Court.

n Discussion and possible action on a land division application to allow future construction of a 110-unit time-share complex in Round Hill.

n Discussion and possible action on an interlocal agreement between the Nevada Department of Transportation and Douglas County for the construction of a Round Hill bike path.

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