However, six months later, the owners of J Bar J suggested that North Platte use its Perkins County landfill instead.

One of her partners, Jack Baars, said “this plan would inevitably cost the city less money,” wrote Telegraph reporter Laurie Mielcarek on March 30, 1993.

It would also require North Platte to build a transfer station, as it would if the city entered into an inter-local agreement to develop and use a Subtitle D compliant landfill near Lexington.

On July 6, 1993 – after agreeing to join the Lexington Area Solid Waste Agency – the city council voted 7-1 to send their garbage to J Bar J by the end of 1995 while the regional group was building their landfill.

However, this agreement lasted 28 instead of two years. Records show North Platte never used Lexington’s newer landfill, said Groseth, the current public works director.

Fuel costs have been going up and down since 1993, but on an upward trend lately, he and Kibbon said.

Jeff Hurlbert, an engineer with engineering firm Olsson Associates, told the city council on Aug. 17 that there are now geosynthetic cell liners that meet Subtitle D but cost a lot less than acceptable liners of the 1990s.

The council members agreed to Olsson’s suggestion to take a first look. But Kibbon Tuesday drew attention to the part of Subtitle D that also requires a cover on each day’s garbage.