In 2003, Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties (BOW) in Northeast Wisconsin entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to operate regional landfill(s) and recycling facilities in lieu of operating three smaller separate facilities. Foth assisted BOW with this original Agreement and, in 2018, the BOW partners asked Foth to help evaluate the existing BOW Agreement and determine the next step for BOW future operations.
The BOW Planning Team was established to facilitate the review process that included the BOW solid waste directors and a strategic consulting team at Foth with planning, engineering, accounting, and legal expertise. The BOW Planning Team met monthly to accomplish four goals:
1) Validate that BOW has been successful,
2) Review the existing landfill plan and Agreement,
3) Establish a plan for future operations, and
4) Create a corresponding written amendment to the Agreement.
Meetings were held in a neutral location that helped the BOW Planning Team to build rapport and trust. The process allowed for creative thinking, understanding of each BOW partner, and positive progress. The phased approach focused on the economic and options analysis which was documented through written memorandum. The BOW Planning Team leveraged their consensus to gain support from each governing board and county executives.
In 2020, the BOW directors, executives, and boards celebrated approval and execution of an Amended and Restated Intergovernmental Solid Waste Disposal Agreement through a signing ceremony at the Brown County South Landfill. The impacts of achieving the project goals are highlighted.
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