Jo Co, City, Recycling Board to Discuss Issues

Johnson County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman
Johnson County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman

The City of Buffalo and the Buffalo/Johnson County Recycling Board are on the Agenda for the Johnson County Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, to discuss numerous issues the three entities have regarding the new recycling center currently under construction.

County Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman wanted to make sure everyone understands the commissioners aren't mad or upset with the Buffalo City Council for denying the county's request to waive the sewer and water tap fees and building permit fees associated with the new recycling center the county is building.

The county had originally decided to move or replace the existing recycling center building to make room for their new courtroom facility that will be built adjacent to the new justice center, and had pledged $200,000 for the project. The county had agreed to add 10 feet, or 300 square feet onto the new building, but other amenities such as hot water floor heat and solar panels were deemed too expensive.

Wildeman said the commissioners were a little surprised when the fees for the building were not waived by the Buffalo City Council.

Wildeman also commented on a rumor that the county had halted construction of the new recycling center because the fees and permits weren't waived, and he said that was untrue, the center will be built.

In response to the question of whether the permit fees were part of the original bid process for the new recycling center, Wildeman said they were not, due to the entities involved understanding the fees would be waived.

The city council, county commissioners and the recycling board are scheduled to discuss the matter at 2:30pm during the commission meeting Tuesday.

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