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Supes want private firm to run garbage station

Operation of the McCourtney Road Transfer Station for garbage could go to a private firm in the near future.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors decided to ask for proposals to run the county’s main refuse facility.

As County leaders look for ways to continue providing public services amid dwindling tax revenue, they increasingly are looking to outsource management of operations.



Officials have discussed outsourcing library management with a decision expected in the near future, and recently entered into negotiations with the nonprofit Sammie’s Friends to run the animal shelter.

The county contracts with Waste Management Inc. to haul trash into the facility and has another contract with Recology to haul it out to a Butte County landfill, according to Deputy County Executive Officer for Finance Joe Christoffel. Another contract covers security.




“We believe there will be significant interest” in the proposal to run the entire operation,” Christoffel told the board. He cited Waste Management and Recology as potential bidders, with more possible.

“Maybe with outsourcing the entire operation, it would be smoother and more transparent,” said Board Chairman Nate Beason. “If we outsource, we’re still in charge, and we still set policy.”

The process of asking for bids has a goal of not raising fees or parcel charges to fund private management.

Officials also will evaluate the existing system of private contractors to see whether it would be cost-effective to consolidate services.

According to county documents prepared by Department of Sanitation Director Mark Miller, bids will be accepted into April, with the hope of bringing a recommendation to the supervisors at their April 27 meeting.

That would give time for negotiations and changes at the transfer station prior to the county setting its budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.


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