The message Polk County Comm-issioners sent Republic Services in a 4-1 vote was clear and simple. Because the waste hauler had not fulfilled its obligation to the county, it had better accept the settlement agreement the county had earlier issued. Otherwise, not only would the county go to court, it would examine discontinuing the contract, which has five years remaining. Republic Services was told it had until Tuesday, Jan. 15 to accept, which calls for a $1.5 million settlement. Otherwise, the BOCC would direct County Attorney Michael Craig to move forward.
The lone dissenting vote came from Commissioner Edwin V. Smith, who wanted to cancel the contract immediately. Voicing his exasperation, he no longer had any confidence in Republic Services and that it would fulfill its agreed-upon conditions stated in the contract it has with Polk County.
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