The City of Gering is trying to gauge the interest of other communities in and around the Panhandle in taking part in a proposed regional landfill still very early in the potential site identification phase.
City Engineer Annie Folck says a request for non-committal letters of interest was sent out several weeks ago and the city had originally hoped for responses within a month of the request, but the virus pandemic has changed that. “We’re assuming we’re going to have a bit slower response because a lot of people are working short-staffed, and focusing more on more pressing matters,” says Folck, “Basically, all we’re asking at this point is if they want to know more. We’re not asking for a commitment at this time, just if they want to be part of further discussion.”
So far, the cities of Kimball, Morrill and Bridgeport have returned a letter to the Gering City offices.
Folck says she hopes to hear from more communities within a month or so regarding their interest in potentially taking part in further discussions once the process can resume in full.