WHAT WE KNOW: The state and the Atkinson Landfill resolved a dispute over activities at the landfill in November 2018, when an agreement, or consent order, was signed by Judge Jeffrey O’Connor in Henry County Circuit Court.

The order required the landfill to make many repairs and placed a $115,000 penalty on the business. If the facility were to be sold within six months of the agreement, the landfill would be allowed to request that the consent order end no earlier than 30 days after completing all compliance activities in the order.

WHAT'S NEW: At its meeting Monday night, the Atkinson Village Board approved a resolution to allow Western Illinois Landfill LLC, Chicago, to buy the landfill from Branko Vardijan of Chicago.

The resolution approved by the board includes a clause that states Western Illinois Landfill will assume any outstanding debt owed to the village.

The Atkinson Landfill Co., originally owned by the village, was sold to Vardijan in 1992. A contract between the village and the Atkinson Landfill provided the village with a volume-based fee for materials placed in the landfill.

After being closed in August 2013 for exceeding the maximum permitted height of 711 feet, the Atkinson Landfill reopened in June 2018.

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WHAT'S NEXT: Mayor Ken Taber told the board the next step is for the Henry County Board to approve a resolution to allow the sale. The county board will meet April 25.

In other business, the board approved a spending plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year that lists expenditures at $3,453,049 and revenues of $3,561,873. 

“This is the largest budget I’ve ever seen as it includes our sewer project and repaving some streets,” Taber said. “We are fortunate that grant money we have received will cover about one-third of our expenditures.”

Board members learned Monday the village received a grant in the amount of $68,700 from Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development. That is estimated to be half the cost for a new park shelter with restrooms in Veterans Park. 

Plans are to move ahead with the project since the village has $25,000 in memorial money that can be used for the new shelter.

CLAUDIA LOUCKS / claudialoucks@gmail.com



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