By Susan Redden
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Carthage will ask its local lawmakers to oppose a bill that would eliminate the regional organizations that recommend the allocation of state funds for waste reduction projects.
The Carthage City Council on Thursday voted to oppose Senate Bill 13, one of several measures that have been pre-filed for the legislative session that begins Jan. 9.
The measure would eliminate solid waste management districts and let the Missouri Department of Natural Resources decide on the allocation of state funds for projects to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.
The action was based on a recommendation from the council’s public works committee and at the request of officials of the Region M Solid Waste District, which includes Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Vernon and Barton counties. The district currently is the third largest recipient in the state of money from the program.
Money via the districts comes from landfill tipping fees, which also would be reduced under the measure. Carthage has been successful in seeking grants via the district that have been used to help operate the city’s recycling center.
In other action, the council approved a recommendation from the council’s public services committee to authorize Fire Chief Chris Thompson to proceed with a grant program that would allow the installation of six dry hydrants outside of the city, but within the Carthage Fire District.
Members also approved Mayor Mike Harris’ reappointment of David Enke to the city’s planning, zoning and historic preservation commission.
The council held its meeting on Thursday instead of Tuesday, which was Christmas day.
Also during the meeting, Mayor Mike Harris and Police Chief Greg Dagnan presented a plaque of appreciation to Capt. Randee Kaiser, who is leaving the Carthage Police Department to become the sheriff of Jasper County. The two also participated in ceremonies to swear in Jordan Macy as a new city police officer.