Interlocal agreements on path to adoption

Subcommittee agrees to quarterly meetings
Mar. 12, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Representatives from the City of Sanford and Lee County tasked their respective attorneys with formalizing their various interlocal agreements Monday and pledged to continue holding joint meetings in the future.

Monday was the third meeting for the subcommittee — composed of county commissioners Kirk Smith, Amy Dalrymple and Jim Womack and city council members Samuel Gaskins, Poly Cohen and Rebecca Wyhof — charged with reviewing the interlocal agreements between the county and the city.

The subcommittee agreed to meet at least quarterly to discuss any new developments regarding interlocal agreements or other items that impact the city and county. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. June 10 at the Gordon A. Wicker Conference Room located at the Lee County Government Center.

It will be important to meet over time as things change to address any pressing matters between the two boards, Dalrymple said.

Womack agreed, saying it will be important to always include updates from the Sanford-Lee County Planning Department during those meetings.

"It will be really good to have that as an agenda item so we can discuss any rubs or issues we have on our end, or vice versa," he said. 

Womack asked if there was an interlocal agreement concerning solid waste pickup and if one was needed moving forward. Sanford City Council approved a five-year contract with Waste Industries last week, ending its long relationship with Waste Management. The change in vendors could potentially increase rates at Waste Management's transfer station for Lee County.

"We've never had an interlocal agreement concerning the transfer station," Lee County Manager John Crumpton said. "However, we always included the city's [trash] tonnage whenever our rate was negotiated."

Gaskins said he was concerned about the cost to the county when making the switch from Waste Management to Waste Industries, and having discussions prior to approving the next contract will be beneficial to both groups.