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May 11, 2013

Council member questions fee, rate



Graf also asked about dropping the tip- ping fee to $25 per ton. Engineer C.J. Lage said the CCASWA would be in the red in two years if they did that.

Seward told the board that Clinton County is the 36th lowest out of 79 coun- ties in Iowa for tipping fees.

He reported that the state’s average tipping fee is $51 and average assessment is $8 per capita. He told the board that Cherokee County has a $41 per ton tipping fee and a $69 assessment and Des Moines County has a $47 tipping fee and $14.43 assess- ment.

Muscatine County charges $60 per ton and $3 per capita, according to Seward.

Graf said she does not care about other counties, but cares about the city of Clinton. She was unwilling to consider raising Clinton resi- dents’ rates, saying they pay enough.

Graf also was con- cerned that several pri- vate haulers pay cheaper tipping rates. She told the board that River City pays $25 per ton, Hensley pays $30 and Camanche Disposal pays $25. Seward said that the communities, which pay $44, receive recy- cling, household haz- ardous material dis- posal for residents and education services. He said CCASWA also takes on the responsi- bility to take part in comprehensive plan- ning.

The city of Clinton receives free yard waste in exchange for the leachate. Graf said she was sure that the private haulers were using these services as well.

Seward said the lower price for private haulers is the “carrot to keep businesses coming to your town.” He said that unless the communities establish a flow control resolu- tion mandating every- one to use the facility, they have to worry about private haulers taking their business to other landfills.

Lage said that with- out these private con- tracts, the agency would not be in the good shape it is in now. Seward estimated that these contracts account for approxi- mately 4,000 to 5,000 tons of waste. He said this brings in approxi- mately $100,000 in revenue.

The board agreed to look at Lage’s 10-year plan and go over the possible repercussions of lowering the rates. The matter will be dis- cussed at the June meeting.


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