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Residents who live in rural areas with garbage-raiding bears will be able to apply for a half-cost bear-resistant trash can from Roanoke County under a grant program OK'd today.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
They usually come under cover of darkness, furry interlopers in the mood for garbage.
What’s left in the morning is a mess, the ruins of a midnight snack scattered across some rural resident’s driveway or yard. That’s when the phones ring at the Roanoke County General Services building.
On Tuesday, General Services Director Anne Marie Green presented to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors a proposal that the county would accept a $10,000 grant from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to spend on bear-proof garbage cans. The bins would be made available, for a fee, to county residents who tussle with the bears each year once hibernation season draws to its close.
“If they want a bear resistant trash can, they will contact us and then they will have to pay half the cost,” Green said of the plan, noting the cost will likely be about $125 per household.
The county supervisors voted to accept the state grant.
Green estimated her office gets about two to three calls a week from residents during bear season, each with a complaint about trash can break-ins. Most of those calls come from rural stretches of the county, including in the Catawba District and Clearbrook, she said.
“We have, over the past several years, fielded more and more complaints from Roanoke County citizens about bears,” Green said. “We began investigating bear resistant trash cans several years ago.”
The county staff has reviewed two types of cans, one with a top that releases automatically when a garbage truck grabs it for pickup, and one that must be unlatched manually. Green said some citizens have successfully fashioned their own latches for about $30 to $40.
In other business:
The supervisors convened in a work session to discuss whether to modify the alcohol policy for Roanoke County facilities during special events. The board agreed the idea should be entertained, but only with a multilayered approval system and only in specific situations.
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