The Scottsbluff City Council asked staff to pursue an inter-agency agreement to oversee construction and management for a proposed regional landfill.
Due to the nature of contract negotiations with Gering, the council went into executive session for discussion during its meeting Monday.
Interim city manager Rick Kuckkahn said the city will pursue an inter-agency agreement with Gering relating to a regional landfill that could potentially include other communities.
“There are a number of communities involved,” Kuckkahn said. “Gering and all the communities that are hauling trash to the Gering landfill all have an interest in this kind of thing. So, we’ve got to figure out a way to include them and be transparent with everybody and get everybody on the same track.”
An independent group to help make decisions is something the council agreed would be something to pursue.
“We can look at an organization much the same as what’s up in Chadron,” Kuckkahn said. “Chadron has a very successful group that oversees the landfill up there, and it’s worked well for years. Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s look at something that can be mimicked in some ways or maybe build on it and make some improvements on that existing framework.
“The landfill itself is a complicated process, and the politics is complicated. I think we all understand that’s the case. We have multiple issues here. There’s the issue of building a landfill. There’s also the issue of how do you get everyone agreeing how that takes place? So, you’ve got those two things going on, and again, the politics are complicated.”