County agrees to be final payment agent for KC

The Marion County Commission Monday finalized its agreement with KC Development, operators of the solid waste transfer station, to honor the final five years of a contract to act as the final payment agent and authority for all trash taken to the station from within the county.

The agreement will change little in the way trash is collected for most residents-with one word of warning.

County Attorney Susan Robson said all county residents will receive a letter informing them that trash will be disposed of in a legal manner, and persons not doing so will be subject to prosecution-no more leaving garbage in somebody else’s dumpster or lawn for collection.

Commissioner Howard Collett said this means “if you generate trash that ends up at KC Development, you have to pay. If you use a trash pickup service, that’s taken care of. Rural residents especially need to keep in mind that if you put your trash in someone’s dumpster without paying, and you are caught, you will be prosecuted.”

Robson said the county will be approaching the cities to act as soon as city councils and commissions can meet to formalize agreements with the county to function as the conduit agency for trash to KC. Cities and trash haulers will still pick up trash, but will pay fees for the trash deposit at KC to the county, which will then pay KC.

Trash haulers will be licensed through the county for an annual fee now at $25, she said.

Robson said a $6.25 fee to KC for each residence will be collected and adjusted for changes against the consumer price index. The number of residences will be determined by county appraisal records or by city utility records.

Robson said that in apartment complexes each apartment would count as a residence, but motels, nursing homes and dormitories will be counted individually as commercial businesses.

Commission Chair Leroy Wetta repeated to citizens asking questions at the meeting that the agreement does nothing to charge fees to farmers who dispose of their own trash because the fees are for depositing trash at KC, and not for picking it up. Residents who have pickup will pay more for that service on top of the charge for KC.

Wetta expected the first county payment to KC to be Nov. 30 with October fees paid by cities and trash haulers just as they have been under previous agreements.

In response to questions, the commissioners said apartment owners may have to fill out a monthly affidavit form for their city clerks to not be charged for unrented apartments.

Wetta said since there will be five years remaining on the contract, an annual date may need to be set as a deadline for cities that want to opt out of the KC contract to allow time for budgeting.

Collett pointed out that a city will have to have county approval to haul trash somewhere other than KC for disposal. For instance an agreement which allows the city of Peabody to deposit trash at the Harvey County Landfill at Newton ends when that landfill closes Oct. 1, and Peabody will have to reach a new agreement with the county, he said.

In other business, commissioners approved placement of a stop sign for 120 days at 150th and Jade four miles south of Hillsboro upon request of county residents to help control traffic on the bridge construction detour.

Regular reports were heard from David Brazil, sanitarian, planning and zoning director; Bill Smithhard, noxious weed director; and Noreen Weems, elderly director.

Commissioner Bob Hein commended the Lincolnville Fire Department for a patriotic flag ceremony.

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