Supervisors approve recycling contract with Sigourney

The Keokuk County Supervisors have given the formal approval to the City of Sigourney to proceed with a recycling agreement. The city had previously approached the county about entering into an agreement to allow city residents to use the Citizens Convenience Center, located south of Sigourney, at no charge. The move comes after the Sigourney City Council shut down the city’s most recent attempt at recycling, that being self-serve recycling bins located near the city shop on Walnut Street.

Under the plan approved by the Supervisors, the City will pay the County $1,500 a month to allow city residents to recycle at the Citizens Convenience Center. The fee will not, however, allow for residents to dispose of garbage for free at the center.

Residents must still purchase a Cox Sanitation bag if they intend to dispose of garbage at the center. The agreement is effective immediately and will auto-renew at the end of June 2020, according to County Auditor Christy Bates. If, however, the city decides that they no longer wish to contract with the county for the use of the facility, the City can opt out of the contract before it auto-renews by giving the county at least one month’s notice.

The newly agreed to contract is yet another change in the winding road of Keokuk County recycling issues. Keokuk County Supervisor Chair Mike Hadley has previously referred to the number of changes with recycling in the County as “a work in progress.”

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