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Council to meet in work session and consider changes to landfill agreement

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will meet for a work session on Tuesday and consider potential changes to the 28E agreement between the city and the North Iowa Landfill.

The landfill’s executive committee met this summer to work on restoration and amendments to the current 28E agreement that landfill members are bound to.  This meeting was in the wake of the failed Creative Energy Systems trash burning plant project that narrowly was defeated in a vote by the North Iowa Landfill Board last winter.

The main focus of the potential changes to the current 28E agreement is the weighted voting that the landfill board currently uses when issues come before the board.  Currently, landfill board members get one vote for every 1,500 of population they represent.  Mason City, Clear Lake and Cerro Gordo county have the most votes.  Along with the weighted voting, changes are being considered for how a landfill member (community) may withdraw as a member of the North Iowa Landfill and take its share of the landfill with it.

According to a memo, the landfill’s executive committee says that the withdrawal of a member is the “most important issue being faced,” due to how that member’s share of the landfill (the real and personal value of the landfill) would be allocated to it.  The board doesn’t forsee that happening, they said in the memo.

The council will consider the board’s thoughts and give direction to  City Council member Scott Tornquist, who represents Mason City on the landfill board.

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