At the April 2nd Campbell County Commissioners meeting, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Gillette Michael Foote spoke to the commissioners about a request from the city regarding tipping fees for the city’s Drive and Drop Program.
“The city was making a request for a tip fee waiver for the Drive and Drop Event that will be occurring April 13th, 20th, and 27th. We've made these requests in the past and had them granted.”---Foote
City of Gillette staff is hoping the revamping of the Spring Cleanup program into the Drive and Drop Program will result in significant operational savings for the city. Campbell County Commissioners Chairman Dan Coolidge had plenty to say about that.
“The city has revamped the way they are doing this, totally revamped it to save substantial amounts of money, but yet we are being asked to make the same contribution. We are trying to get our landfill to the point where we operate it as an enterprise account, just like the city does all of their utilities.”---Coolidge.
Coolidge went on to say that the county is currently “upside down” in that effort. He added that continuing to wave tipping fees compounds the problem, and results in subsidizing by everyone involved.
Commissioner Mark Christensen said that in the spirit of cooperation he would support the request, but added he would like to see more cooperation on the city's part in the future. Commissioner Mickey Shober had perhaps the most questions about the request. Shober appeared to be undecided until the final moment. He finally cast support for the request after a sustained pause when asked for his vote. With only Commissiers Dan Coolidge and Matt Avery voting “nay”, the motion carried by a 3-2 tally.
“We are very pleased with the generosity of the commissioners to support us in these cleanup activities.”---Foote
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