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Discuss Future of Recycling Coalition

Issue Date: December 20, 2017

The Northwoods Recycling Coalition that has been handling recycling for the Village of Crivitz and towns of Stephenson, Lake, Middle Inlet, Silver Cliff, Athelstane and Wausaukee may or may not continue beyond the end of 2018.

Discussions amongst the participating municipalities continue on whether or not the coalition will continue at a meeting held on Dec. 11 at the Stephenson Town Hall. Representatives from the communities voiced their concerns regarding the disassembly of the coalition. Some of the representatives felt there was not enough communication on the part of the Town of Stevenson to inform other members a closure of the coalition was possible. The two recycling buildings at the site in Crivitz are owned by the Coalition and built on property owned by the Town of Stephenson that the coalition has leased for 25 years. The lease agreement was approved in 2013.

Participating in Monday's discussion were Crivitz Village President John Deschane and Crivitz Village Trustee Duane Swanson: Lake Town Chair Dan Banaszak, Silver Cliff Town Board Supervisor Bruce Weber, Middle Inlet Town Board Supervisor Don Van, and Athelstane Town Chair John Dobratz, who also serves as Chair of the Northwoods Recycling Coalition.

Town of Stephenson supervisors Jeff Lieuwen and Kevin Solway, explained at length the town's attempt to contact and communicate with the other members. The Sept. 6 meeting minutes of the Town of Stephenson Recycling Committee quoted Lieuwen  as stating Athelstane had left the coalition, so "there are only four other entities besides us left." Solway asked at that meeting if getting out of the coalition would be more advantageous to the town, and Lieuwen said some of the current expenses can be deferred to the rest of the entities in the coalition. "He is not ready to move on this until he knows all the costs and the plan."

Question about costs were shared and it was agreed that before any decision can be made regarding the future of the coalition, a projection of the costs must be attained and shared with other members. Also an attempt should be made to get completed financial reports for the coalition for the last three years.

Discussion also took place regarding the possibility of Northwoods Recycling Coalition being turned into a 501C Non Profit business. This would make the coalition independent and able to operate on its own seperate from the Town of Stephenson. John Deschane offered that it would be as easy to have a village attorney begin the process and the cost would be affordable. Deschane also suggested it would be beneficial if all involved could sit down and negotiate with real figures before ending the coalition. Part of the controversy Deschane said, is that no one has ever been shown financial figures.

The next meeting of the coalition will take place on Jan. 15 at the Stephenson Town Hall, at which time board may be present to answer the question if they would consider negotiations to keep the coalition together and split the operational costs.


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