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County seeks to have haulers comply

VINTON – An inspection program to make sure area garbage haulers are complying with recycling requirements will be put in place in Benton County.

The Benton County Supervisors heard Tuesday, May 4, from hauler Herb Boots, who alleged some haulers are not complying with the requirements. He said he had gone to recycling facilities and found that certain haulers were not taking recyclable material to those facilities.

According to board minutes, Boots warned that if the county does not enforce the recycling uniformly with all of the haulers, he might be forced to take legal action.

Supervisor Jason Sanders agreed that not all haulers are complying.

Boots added that materials are going into the Benton County Landfill that are not from Benton County.

The board stated that random inspections and pictures need to be taken of loads to be sure the haulers are in compliance. The Benton County Engineer is to implement the program.

In other business at the board meeting in the courthouse in Vinton:

- The board discussed an early retirement program with Benton County Attorney David Thompson. Thompson said a policy should not be considered if there is not a cost savings to the county. He suggested a policy for employees 58 years and older with a certain numbers of years of service. Benton County Auditor Jill Marlow pointed out employees can retire with full IPERS benefits at age 55, but would not be eligible under Thompson’s plan. The board felt the matter needed more study and it will be on the May 18 agenda.

- The county engineer agreed to pay Richard Grovert for damage done to his tile line during grading work by the secondary roads department.

- A land use hearing was held and a land use change was approved for Ed Scheetz to build a residence on an old farmstead in Section 15 of Iowa Township.

- Action was tabled again on a request from John and Irene Cherveny to build five structures on land next to Tara Hills Country Club. It would be built on abandoned railroad property. The board learned that Tara Hills was opposed to the project. The board was concerned that the area is prone to wetness. Action was deferred until additional information is received from the applicant on how drainage issues will be specifically addressed.

- Todd McNall of Design Dynamics presented plans for security fencing around the parking lot east of the new law enforcement center. The board approved the project at an estimated cost of $38,000.

- A budget amendment hearing was reset for May 18 at 10 a.m.


UPDATED May 11, 2010 2:19 PM

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