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Mason City council discusses its agreement with landfill

Council member Scott Tornquist addresses landfill representatives Tuesday as Brent Trout (left) and Mayor Eric Bookmeyer (center) look on.

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council and Mayor Eric Bookmeyer held a work session Tuesday night, discussing its 28E agreement with the North Iowa Landfill.

All were present except council member Travis Hickey.  North Iowa Landfill representatives were also in attendance.

The 28E agreement, which is decades old, binds Mason City to the landfill and governs how the landfill works regarding voting on landfill matters and how a community may leave the landfill.

Tuesday night, the city’s representative on the landfill board, City Council member Scott Tornquist, presented to the council possible changes to the 28E agreement and asked for opinions from his colleagues before going before the board with the city’s preferences.

Most of the discussion focused on two key issues: 1)A community leaving the landfill and taking its “share” of the landfill’s worth with it, and 2) weighted voting on the board itself.

There was also heavy discussion on “quorums” and how to prevent future votes on issues from being sabotaged by representatives from smaller communities not showing up.  Further, there was talk of at least Mason City sending more representatives to the board in the future to break up the 19 votes the city’s one representative (Tornquist) now possesses.

Watch video of entire discussion on the landfill:



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