CLINTON — After a good amount of time spent determining the most economical outcome, Clinton City Administrator Matt Brooke has concluded that the city of Clinton should continue its relationship with the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency.
Brooke told the Clinton City Council last week that three options have been discussed recently regarding the city’s solid waste practices: “Remaining at the CCASWA, doing direct haul to another location, or building a transfer station,” according to the administrator.
At last Tuesday’s council meeting, Brooke recommended that the city would be best suited by adhering to the first option.
The decision was forwarded unanimously by the council’s Committee of the Whole to a future regular City Council meeting. Brooke and Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich have attended numerous recent CCASWA meetings, and Brooke said a positive relationship between board members is on the rise.
“We have really great synergy going on right now,” Brooke said of the recent meetings. “They’re working super together ... it’s been good conversations, and it’s really a good group that’s out there to steer the county and all the cities forward and really as a team, treat this as their landfill. That’s a big piece, too.”
The potential agreement to stay at the CCASWA comes with a bit of a compromise for Clinton, the city that provides approximately 55 percent of the facility’s funding. Weighted votes have, in the past, been a topic of contention among board members, with some members seeing the system as unfair. Under the current system, city representatives are allotted one vote per thousand residents in their community.
With Clinton being by far the largest city in Clinton County, discussions have almost always been dictated by the vote of the Clinton representative. The compromise suggested by Brooke and Clinton City Council members last week would give every entity just one vote each on “smaller items,” but the the CCASWA would “retain the weighted vote on larger items.”
“Going forward here, I think we could have a little different approach ... I think we could change the way the operation runs, but I’m not saying any major changes,” Vulich said last week. “We have been dealing with somewhat petty issues that I think we can get around ... we’ve worked past that.”