Workshops scheduled to hear short term rental committee progress

Mark your calendars, the County is hosting two workshops of community importance.

County to discuss CARTM contract

On Dec. 14 at 9 a.m., the Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop to discuss a contract extension with CARTM to operate the Manzanita Transfer Station.

Tillamook County Commissioners approved CARTM and Tillamook County Public Work’s original request for an extension on their franchise agreement to December 2018, which is quickly coming to an end.

On Aug. 31, CARTM’s Re-News letter announced Sept. 30 would be the final day of CARTM and the beloved Refindery. This came after the County rejected a bid from CARTM to operate the Manzanita Transfer Station for an annual amount of $500,000. This was a far reach from the $8,000 a month the County had allotted for the operation.

“Due to changes in the recycling markets and extensive equipment expenses, CARTM’s compensation for managing the transfer station without severe reductions in services would need to increase,” CARTM’s Facebook page stated.

CARTM estimates that $30,000 is the bare minimum to just keep the transfer station open and operational on a monthly basis. To help offset costs, CARTM has implemented surcharges. The minimum fee for trash disposal increased from $8.25 to $16.25.

The workshop will be held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room B in the Tillamook County Courthouse.

Short Term Rental Committee progress

An additional workshop held by the Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. will discuss the Short Term Rental Committee progress.

In order to help the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners address the concerns of the public about the high number of short-term rental properties, the Board approved the formation of the Tillamook County Short-Term Rental Committee on July 18.

“This is something we’ve had ongoing conversations about,” Sarah Absher, director of the Department of Community Development, said back in July.

The committee includes: Nanci Sheeron and Scott Nienkamp of South County; Jim Haley of North County; Jerry Keene of Central County; Nicole Twigg representing the vacation rental management community; Pam Zielinksi representing the real estate community; Aaron Palter representing economic development; Tim Carpenter representing public safety, and Gus Meyer as a member at large.

The committee has looked at public concerns as well as Ordinance #84 which regulates short-term rentals in Tillamook County.

After passing Ordinance #84 last September, short-term rental homeowners (in unincorporated areas of Tillamook County) are required to obtain a vacation rental permit through the Tillamook County Community Development Department. In order to obtain a permit, homeowners must first submit drawn site plans, proof of insurance, proof of garbage service, Transient Lodging Tax registration, pay $350 in fees, and pass an inspection.

The meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s Meeting Rooms A & B in the Tillamook County Courthouse.