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Agreement between BOC and SWA finalized

Post Date:03/31/2017 3:51 PM

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved revisions to the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) during special called meeting Thursday.

The meeting, held at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters following an all-day training retreat by the board, was a brief one as there were no major revisions to the IGA since the SWA approved changes made by the BOC during its March 27 meeting.

The IGA, which was originally signed by both entities in August, was revised to allow for franchising rights concerning the county’s solid waste stream. Along with a section regarding franchising rights, the BOC and SWA also installed into the agreement items on the county’s convenience centers and the disbursement of possible gasification revenues.

One of the provisions in the IGA is that some of Newton County’s Trash Collection Convenience Centers remain open for a year, and that as many centers as will be possible to break even financially remain open for two years after that.

The latest version of the IGA was approved unanimously by both the SWA and the BOC.

The IGA will become official after a public hearing on May 16.

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