Mammoth Town Council: landfill, BID and marathon

mltc4_17_13In ten years, Mono County will have to find an alternative to Benton Crossing Landfill. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power doesn’t want to lease the land for that purpose after 2023. At the Mammoth Town Council meeting Wednesday night, Mayor Pro Tem Rick Wood said Town and County officials are talking about it.

Wood said he and Council member Jo Bacon attended the Town-County Liaison Committee meeting and talked about the solid waste issue. Wood said, “The landfill today will not be available in ten years from now. There is an extraordinary cost to close it and monitor it.” Wood said there are also new recycling requirements.

Wood said the Town and County have “not had the best relations in the past on this issue.” He said Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is reaching out to the County to find ways to work collaboratively. Said Wood, “We need a place to haul trash. Opportunities may come forward.”

Wood said he and Mayor Matthew Lehman also attended a Town-Mountain Liaison Committee meeting. The topic of the new Business Improvement District tax came up. Wood said there is apparently support for the BID and the concept will come to the Council possibly in early June.

Councilman Wood, an avid runner, also made note of the horrible bombings at the Boston Marathon. He quoted Amby Burfoot, well-known marathoner and journalist. Wood said Burfoot pointed out that “It was not just an attack against the Boston Marathon but against the American public and the use of our streets. The roads belong to us. It’s about our freedom and democracy.”

 

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SierraFan
SierraFan
9 years ago

I read the article Ken, thanks. If we can have a cost effective and clean solution like this then this should be done everywhere.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

Yes, it should/could be done more if not everywhere. Why isn’t it? I think because of social inertia — my daddy buried his trash, that’s good enough for me — and cost. Such efforts would need to be subsidized at first with government tax breaks and grants and the same… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

I’m waving the BS flag. it is very much against the law to build on sanitary landfills. They off gas methane continuously and the landfill subsides as organic wastes in the layers decomposes. The experience you mention and another in Anaheim known as “Sinkin’ Lincoln” (near Ball Rd and Lincoln… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan
Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

…and a pretty slick business model. Make people pay to give you raw materials and fuel. Beautiful!!!

Jake Steel
Jake Steel
9 years ago

The BID is a joke, let’s give more $$$ to people who fail to market the right way. Lame marketing turns people off.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

And about the land fill. Just burying trash is just about the dumbest thing a sociedty can do given the available technology and the kinds of stuff that is buried. A trash to energy and building materials processing plant would create jobs, produce useful energy and novel building materials and… Read more »

SierraFan
SierraFan
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken,

What about the pollution this idea would create? Do you know of a feasible and cost effective system for this that would not create pollution? If so, bring it up to the community in the next meeting so it can be added to an agenda.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

No, I don’t have a particular technology or plan that implements that technology in mind. I know that solutions exist and that smart people can make it work. The exact method and implementation would require more that a paragraph in a blog to fully describe. And it would take more… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

A bill signed into law in July 2010 changed the diversion mandate from 50% of municipal solid waste diverted from landfills to 75%, effective 2020. Currently much of California’s smaller municipalities and rural counties struggle and most fail to meet the existing 50% diversion mandate. Big cities like LA and… Read more »

No More Taxes!
No More Taxes!
9 years ago

There is very little public support for this tax, masquerading as a business fee. It’s an insult to the intelligence of the voters to slip this canard through as a business expense. There are three businessman council members up for re-election a year from this June. They need to be… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  No More Taxes!

It’s gratifying to know that at least you get it. I wish the rest of the population of Mammoth Lakes would wake up and see what is so obvious. The BID and the rest oof the taxes R, U A etc. are nothing more than public subsidies of private business.… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  No More Taxes!

Would not a Business Improvement District tax be paid for by the businesses in that district? It is not a general tax on the whole city or on residential property owners. It strikes me that if business look at their revenues, expenses and come to the conclusion that they can… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago

The BID would include a 1% or so tax on lodging, retail and restaurants plus some kind of tax on lift tickets and ski school.
BK

SkierJohn
SkierJohn
9 years ago
Reply to  No More Taxes!

Here we go again with more Rumors! State the truth and nothing but the truth, posting rumors does nothing. The truth of the matter is if you are a business owner and are fat and happy and simply do not need any more business, especially in the shoulder seasons and… Read more »

SierraFan
SierraFan
9 years ago
Reply to  SkierJohn

Well said Skier John! What this blog sometimes misses is more facts not just opinion. Bennet does a nice job of pointing things out when needed but to have another business owner speak out on this subject in nice.

No more Taxes!
No more Taxes!
9 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

Skier John is a shill, he hasn’t seen me at a “free” event in years. Thanks for pointing out the absence of any solid facts in Benett’s post. “The BID would include a 1% or so tax on lodging, retail and restaurants plus some kind of tax on lift tickets… Read more »