Members of the Johnson County Recycle Board addressed both city and county officials at the County Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, letting both know they disagreed with a recent bill submitted to the board, and urging both entities to cooperate on the new recycling center project.
Phil Gonzales, who is on the Recycle Board, brought up the original 1994 agreement between the entities which created the Recycling Joint Powers Board. Gonzales read a portion of the agreement, saying the entities were to “jointly fund the recycling center.”
He also made a request of both entities for help in paying a $4,000 bill from the engineering firm for changes made to the design of the new recycling center.
No one would lay claim to responsibility for the changes in design.
Gonzales also asked for help from both entities in funding a new heating system for the new building, as the old one isn't sufficient for the old building and in turn would not be sufficient for the new, larger building under construction.
In discussions that followed, the subject of the water and sewer tap fees and permit fees the city wants to charge the county were addressed by Gonzales.
The fee issue was not resolved at the meeting, and in the end the commissioners said they would take the requests for funding under advisement and get back to the recycle board on the matter.
Later in the meeting, the commission voted to fund their half of the fees. They will pay $2,000 toward the engineering costs and $2,500 toward the cost of the new heating system.