Meeting set next week on future of solid waste agency

long with members of the Solid Waste Agency (SWA) board, will gather for a meeting next Thursday, Oct. 26, on solid waste issues.
    At their Sept. 12 meeting, all three county commissioners voted to have a resolution drawn up by the county attorney to withdraw the county as a member of the Southwest Nebraska Solid Waste Agency.
    At Monday’s city council meeting, discussion centered on attendance at the meeting by city officials.
    City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said County Clerk Debbie Clark told her the agenda for the meeting will list discussion of issues related to the Solid Waste Agency (SWA).
    City Attorney Josh Wendell said he and Leyland have been asked for information  regarding solid waste transactions and how records are kept.
    “To the best of our knowledge, we’ve provided them with everything they’ve asked for,” Wendell said.
    “They continue to allege that there are problems. I’ve asked a couple of different times for some sort of a more refined response other than ‘there are problems’ that we can actually work on,” he said.
    He said they haven’t received any specifics.
    Leyland said she has delivered financial statements and meeting minutes to Clark, and  also attended a commissioners’ meeting to address concerns brought up by a SWA board member.
    “It was shortly after that the commissioners decided they wanted to get out,” she added.
    There seemed to be some confusion among county officials, she said, on how the entries are made on the financials.
    The SWA was formed in June 1993 through an interlocal agreement between the county and city.
    Leyland noted the SWA has no employees. City and county employees do the work, and each month expenses incurred by each entity are submitted. The city office handles the bookkeeping, which is audited

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