BOC fol­lows SWA in IGA re­vi­sion ap­proval

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DAR­RYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers (BOC) signed off on changes to its in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment (IGA) with the New­ton County Solid Waste Au­thor­ity (SWA) dur­ing a spe­cial called meet­ing Thurs­day.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, which fol­lowed an all-day re­treat for county lead­ers and its con­sti­tu­tional of­fi­cers, the BOC also rat­i­fied the hiring of Greg Mann as the county’s new IT Di­rec­tor.

The re­vised IGA, ap­proved by the SWA at a Mon­day meet­ing, grants the SWA an ex­clu­sive fran­chise to pro­vide solid waste ser­vices in un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas of the county. It also states that the county will “pass such or­di­nances and res­o­lu­tions are rea­son­ably nec­es­sary to sup­port the grant of this ex­clu­sive fran­chise.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, it states “The or­di­nance need not im­pose manda­tory par­tic­i­pa­tion in such ser­vices upon res­i­dents and busi­nesses in un­in­cor­po­rated New­ton County.”

The IGA does give the SWA the right to re­quest manda­tory ser­vice. It also gives the BOC the right to ap­prove or deny the re­quest at its dis­cre­tion.

The new IGA also states if SWA elects to sub-con­tract for waste col­lec­tion ser­vices, it should give lo­cal busi­nesses - those with a busi­ness li­cense and of­fice in New­ton County or an es­tab­lished cus­tomer base in the county - a “full and fair op­por­tu­nity to com­pete for the con­tracts.”

It also re­quires some of the 11 ex­ist­ing con­ve­nience cen­ters stay open for at least one year from the ef­fec­tive date of the agree­ment and for some to re­main open an ad­di­tional two years, pro­vided they can be sup­ported on a cost neu­tral ba­sis. The IGA ex­plains the cost neu­tral­ity cal­cu­la­tion and lists the fac­tors to be con­sid­ered by the SWA in keep­ing the cen­ters open.

The full IGA is available on the New­ton County web­site.

The BOC will con­duct a pub­lic hear­ing May 16 at 7 p.m. to con­sider pub­lic com­ments on the pro­posed re­vi­sions to the IGA.

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