Sunday, April 21, 2013

Star-News: McCall Council Rejects Mandatory Trash Pickup As Plan to Curb Bear Problem

Posted By on Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Residents and regular visitors to McCall know all too well about the problem with bears. In fact, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports 75-100 calls a year from McCall residents complaining about bears—resulting in two to six bears killed each year.

A proposed remedy to the problem is making trash collection mandatory for McCall homeowners.

But the McCall Star-News reports that the McCall City Council—in a 3-2 vote—nixed a ordinance that would have made trash collection mandatory.

"Are we going to make our police go door-to-door and ask to see if people are keeping their garbage picked up?" asked McCall City Councilwoman Jackie Aymon, who favored making collection mandatory. "Are we going to make neighbors call the police on each other and impose jail time or fines?"

The Star-News reports that McCall Councilman Nic Swanson changed his mind on the issue, voting "no" because he thought that voluntary service with bear-proof trash containers was a preferred method.

The Star-News reports that approximately 1,000 to 1,300 of McCall's 2,500 homes have voluntary pickup of trash.

Meanwhile, other Valley County communities—such as Cascade and Donnelly—have mandatory trash collection.

"If we were really serious about a clean, safe and happy neighborhood, we all have to be a part of this," said Aymon, according to the Star-News. "I think mandatory garbage is the only way to go."

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