The current study of the Joint Vermillion/Yankton Solid Waste System will provide the entity with the necessary tools to make decisions regarding solid waste, recycling facilities, operations, fees and long-term planning, one city official said.
The study is being undertaken by consulting firm HDR, Inc., and encompasses Vermillion�s landfill and recycling center, as well as the transfer station in Yankton, city manager John Prescott said.
�They�re looking at all those respective facilities, cost of service, are there alternative disposal methods out there that would be more cost-effective, better for us environmentally, all those types of things going forward.
�It�s basically the planning document for the recycling center and the transfer station,� he said.
The Yankton City Commission was expected to consider an increase in fees at its meeting Monday, although Prescott said the final decision is a joint one between the two communities.
�Ultimately, the council or commission in Yankton only sets the rate for the facility they have employees at. But we try to operate harmoniously so that we have the same rates in place at both facilities,� Prescott said.
Rate adjustment will be discussed at a Vermillion City Council meeting set to take place Aug. 29.
On June 28, the Joint Powers Advisory Board � which consists of representatives from both cities and counties � made a recommendation to their respective city councils to raise tipping fees in an effort to address the system�s deficit.
A 10-percent increase would amount to approximately $4 extra per ton, coming to a total of $40 per ton.
The fees have not been raised since 2002, and the cost to operate per ton has exceeded the current fee. The system has an annual deficit of approximately $130,000.
Prescott said the adjusted rates will take effect the same day in both communities � Oct. 3.
Further planning will commence when the study concludes some time in September.
Prescott said a public meeting will be announced for the mid- to latter part of the month.
�We started the study and we�re gathering information, and once we get that back we should be in a better position to talk about it a little bit,� he said.
� Yankton Press & Dakotan
reporter Nathan Johnson
contributed to this report.