CLINTON — A motion to cease all talks regarding the sale of the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency landfill to Allied Waste failed Thursday night even though six of the nine cities in attendance voted for it.

It was an example of how representatives of Clinton and Clinton County’s rural area could override the wishes of some of the smaller cities.

The landfill agency’s weighted voting rules are based on population, seeking to give one-man-one-vote representation to larger cities.

The motion was made by Lori Jahn, of Charlotte, who had pointed out the agency’s director, Laura Liegois, was having to spent time dealing with the Allied company instead of landfill operations.

Liegois, herself, had commented, “We have daily operations to do that I get taken away from. It’s very frustrating.”

Some of the information for Allied is subject to change because the DNR has changed its requirements for a new garbage cell, which will require additional engineering expenditures.

“I’ll probably finish it within the next two weeks and at that time they will come in and look at it and decide if it is something they want to pursue,” Liegois told the board.

Jahn’s motion was seconded by Verlyn Scheckel, DeWitt. Voting in favor of it were the representatives from DeWitt, Camanche, Charlotte, Goose Lake and Low Moor.

Representatives from Clinton and Clinton County voted against the motion, while the representative from Lost Nation abstained, making the vote 15-37.

Absent from the meeting were the representatives from six towns: Andover, Calamus, Delmar, Toronto, Welton and Wheatland.

Doug Collins of Allied Waste first approached the landfill board in March, explaining the company’s transfer station site in Clinton will be absorbed during the U.S. 30/67 Liberty Square redevelopment project.

He said he was exploring the possible purchase of the landfill as a new site for Allied operations. At that meeting the landfill board voted to listen to further information, but members have not seen an Allied representative since then.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Clinton County Supervisor Lewis Todtz responded to criticisms that Allied officials should not have held an earlier meeting with the four landfill representatives carrying the most votes — Clinton, Camanche, DeWitt and the county — while the smaller towns were not included.

Todtz said the Allied men “asked if we thought there would be any interest in coming to this board to inquire if there was any possibility of some type of arrangement — purchase being one option.

“Making some type of contract for hauling waste out here was another option. There were three or four different options they have worked out at other facilities. They did not ask if we were in support of it or not.”

Meanwhile, Liegois reported she has been contacted by other companies interested in bidding if the facility is put up for sale. And she has reminded the town representatives their agency is more than a landfill. It provides disposal of waste tires, hazardous household waste, yard waste and recycling of newspapers, glass and plastic.

If the landfill did not offer those services, the individual towns would be required by law to provide them for their citizens, she pointed out.

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