Cass Supervisors to set hearing dates on proposed illegal dumping ordinance


May 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their weekly meeting Thursday morning, in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session, the board will act on setting the dates for hearings on a proposed Cass County Illegal Dumping Ordinance. 

When the Board met April 11th, the subject of improper disposal of solid waste was discussed. Officials say improper ‘dumping’ of solid waste (appliances, garbage, etc) in roadside ditches and elsewhere is an ongoing problem in Cass County, and an Illegal Dumping Task Force has been formed to work on the problem.  Cass County Landfill Manager Wendy Wittrock told the board, and stressed to the public via the media, that illegal dumping is ‘wrong’ and the public need to report incidents of illegal dumping. Wittrock said during the April meeting, that the organization Keep Iowa Beautiful may help deter the crime, by setting up cameras in known problem areas. The County’s current “Disposal of Solid Waste” ordinance says that improper disposal of solid waste is a simple misdemeanor and upon conviction, subjects the violator to imprisonment not exceeding thirty days or a fine not exceeding $100.00.  

In other business, Steve Livengood, with the Cass County Public Safety Commission,  will discuss the Commission’s ongoing efforts toward relocating the Cass County 9-1-1 Center, and will request a letter of support to that effect, from the Board of Supervisors. The 9-1-1 Center is currently located in the basement of the Courthouse.