Kaycee Wants Their Own Solid Waste District

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Representatives from the Town of Kaycee approached the Johnson County Commission at their meeting Tuesday to ask for the commission to back their request to the state to form their own solid waste district in southern Johnson County.

In 2010, voters in Johnson County approved a county-wide mill levy for the Johnson County Solid Waste District to construct a new landfill in Buffalo and to phase out Kaycee's landfill, which will be full by 2014, and build a transfer station requiring them to haul their waste to either Casper or Buffalo for disposal.

Throughout 2011, Kaycee representatives have discussed their budget and an integrated solid waste plan with the district, the county attorney and attorneys for the district, trying to reach an agreement, which has not been reached, according to Kaycee Mayor Tom Knapp.

Kaycee, now fed up with the stalled negotiations, wants to form their own district.

The commissioners, after discussions, chose to back Kaycee's request with a letter of support now, as it is nearing the end of the year and Kaycee wants to get this resolved before then.

The commission also advised the Solid Waste District and Kaycee to work the problems out if possible because everyone understands that Kaycee forming its own district would be beneficial to no one in the county.

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