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April 21, 2012

Landfill board approves changes

CLINTON — Several changes in fees at the Clinton County Area landfill will go into effect July 1.

The charge for used metal is currently $10 per ton. Beginning July 1 there will be no charge. “Hopefully this will encourage more recycling of it instead of lumping it in with other landfill material,” Brad Seward, landfill director of operations, said.

For waste appliances, the current charge is $9 for non-freon appliances and $19 for those containing freon. Beginning July 1 the charge will be $9 for all. “Hopefully this will generate more proper disposal of these items,” Seward said.

There also will be increases, starting July 1, in the cost of dropping off tires, due to a new formula being assessed by Liberty Tire. The fee for dropping off individual car or pickup tires, off rims, will increase by 25 cents per tire, up to 10. More than 10 car and pickup tires, off rims, will be weighed and cost $160 per ton, a $10 increase. Large off-road and agriculture tires will be weighed and cost $215 per ton, a $15 increase.

The board also discussed ways to capture some of the waste that is leaving the county, “mainly going across the river.”

“It is more industrial and business waste, not residential waste,” Seward said “I think we need to communicate to our businesses the importance of Clinton County waste coming to the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency, which  would help the agency financially when forecasting as far as 2019.”

Seward reported that five to six bales of expanded fiber board were sent out for recycling in a month’s time and said, “The determination about the future of this material for regular acceptance is nearing.”

After some discussion, the board approved the recommendation of the executive board to grant wage increases of 3.5 percent for the coming fiscal year. This year, raises have been 2.5 percent.

The Clinton County representative pointed out that no raise among county employees will top $2,000 in the coming fiscal year. Seward said the highest individual raise at the landfill will be “well below that number.”

The roll call vote on the motion was unanimous to approve the resolution.

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