City Council Restarts Negotiations on Landfill Balers

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Casper -(KCWY) "It’s very inefficient what we have gone through in the baler’s absence,” said Casper Mayor Paul Meyer.

Malfunctioning balers which should be used to compress garbage in the landfill haven't worked for years and city council members want to see results.

"Loose garbage takes up more volume than compressed garbage,” said Casper city councilman Keith Goodenough.

In 2009 city officials thought they were purchasing state of the art machinery which would make the landfill even more efficient, but say since the balers have arrived they haven't worked properly.

"We spent a year trying to figure out whose fault and who should pay,” said Meyer.

Five years later the negotiations continue.

"One side will appear to give in then the progress seems to be made then it goes back to the beginning again, “said Goodenough.

Mayor Meyer says representatives are supposed to be on the way to fix the problem. He says the city isn't even asking for brand new machines, just that the current machines are operational.

"With them not being operational it makes it much harder for citizens to use the landfill,” said Meyer.

"Without a baler all trash must be hauled and dumped into a field,” said Goodenough.

Making the process longer, more inefficient and it also possesses a risk for those using the landfill.

"With people backing up they have the chance of getting nails in their tires and stuff up at the Balefill facility,” said Meyer.

Council members say as negotiations are restarted they hope the end is near for this ongoing dilemma at the landfill.

"It's frustrating because we have a good system when it is functioning as devised and that has not happened recently,” said Goodenough.