The Golden Hills Community Services District is moving forward with a new trash hauler after unanimously approving a measure to allow the general manager of the CSD to enter into contract with J. Torres Company Inc.
The board members voted 5-0 at their latest meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Golden Hills CSD also recently filed a mitigated negative declaration as part of the California Environmental Quality Act, which was approved by the board at a special meeting earlier this month.
Benz Sanitation of Tehachapi currently has a contract for solid waste collection and recycling in the Golden Hills area with Kern County. Golden Hills, desiring lower costs for its residents and a percentage of the revenue, gave Benz a five-year notice in 2013 that it was going to contract for the services.
Benz elected not to bid on the Golden Hills contract and can continue to service accounts in the area, which means that two trash trucks may be driving through neighborhoods, one of the issues discussed in the environmental review.
Board President Ed Kennedy said until the Benz's contract is up, the two companies will be working concurrently and residents will have the choice of which trash haulers they prefer to use.
Kennedy said the earliest J. Torres Company would begin operations is April.