Stutzman Refuse, the county’s waste disposal company, has been bought by Waste Connections, but the change should not affect service for Stutzman customers in Harvey County.


Stutzman Refuse, the county’s waste disposal company, has been bought by Waste Connections, but the change should not affect service for Stutzman customers in Harvey County.
Don Rogers and Hank Yoder appeared before the Board of Harvey County Commissioners on Monday to discuss the change of ownership and any impact it might have on trash service or the county’s agreement with Stutzman.
“There probably won’t be a lot of changes for Harvey County,” Rogers said.
The only change Rogers said he anticipated was Harvey County residents who already use Waste Connections for their trash service soon may get recycling service provided by Stutzman.
Rogers said the cost of the service would continue to be a flat rate — with no extra fee for recycling service.
The change of ownership will be finalized Nov. 1.
Stutzman Refuse still will operate as Harvey County’s primary waste disposal company, and the county’s contract with the company will not be affected.
The contract is due for renewal in March.
“You’ll still see the Stutzman trucks, the Stutzman name,” Rogers said.
Though the company will be owned by Waste Connections, there are no major changes planned to day-to-day operations.

Also at the county commission meeting:
• Commissioners voted to accept the low bid of $21,920 from Reznik Motors for a minivan for the Health Department.
• Adopted the city of Newton’s proposed timeline for bidding drainage improvements for the area surrounding the Kansas Logistics Park.
The county is responsible for the costs of such improvements under an interlocal agreement with the city concerning the Logistics Park.
Bids will be accepted until Nov. 16, and a winning bid will be chosen on Nov. 22.
• Approved a conditional-use permit to erect a wind turbine on a piece of property east of South Webb Road. The planning commission recommended the approval unanimously at the board’s meeting on Oct. 5.