The Ottumwa Courier

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April 16, 2014

Waste Management wants to stay in Keosauqua

KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management told the city of Keosauqua that it was not interested in ending the contract it has for solid waste and recycling services it provides to the city.

A representative told the city mayor that it intends to fulfill the contract, which expires in 2020.

Delegates to the solid waste committee meeting on April 9 spent a majority of their time discussing the Keosauqua’s request to withdraw from the solid waste contract with Waste Management.

On Jan. 11, 2012, the Van Buren County Service Agency (also known as the solid waste commission) entered into an agreement with Waste Management to provide service to communities in the county. The term of the contract was for eight years, terminating on June 30, 2020. The agreement gave Waste Management “exclusive rights to solid waste/recycling materials” under the terms of the contract. All other towns were listed, except for the city of Farmington, which contracts its own service.

According to Mark Meek, the commission and Waste Management were in the middle of an agreement when the current contract was signed. It essentially extended the previous contract, set to expire in 2015, for another five years.

Keosauqua is a member of the solid waste commission. The Keosauqua representative didn’t attend the meetings when the contract was signed, according to Ray Snyder, chairman of the commission.

Since then, a local solid waste/recycling company, Sedore Trash Removal, was established, and the city of Keosauqua has been in contact with them. Nasseem Hesler was elected as Keosauqua mayor in November 2013 and began her duties in January 2014. At its March 2014 meeting, the city of Keosauqua voted to explore the possibility of switching its service provider to Sedore, which currently serves commercial businesses in Keosauqua.

The city of Keosauqua has several problems with the current contract, Hesler told commission members at last Wednesday’s meeting.

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