In nearly four hours of sometimes heated debate, the Oxnard City Council discussed but made no decisions on several solid-waste disposal issues.
The council was asked to examine issues that the city must resolve before it could support the reorganization of the county's existing Waste Commission.
Chief among the unresolved issues at the hearing earlier this week were two questions: Who will pay millions of dollars needed to close and monitor three landfills in Oxnard, and how will votes be weighted among the 10 cities on the proposed commission?
The liability issue is especially sensitive for Oxnard because the city assumed the responsibility of closing the Santa Clara Landfill after buying it to build the River Ridge Golf Course. In the proposed reorganization plan, the $15-million cost to close the landfill and monitor it for 30 years would be shared by Oxnard and the Ventura Regional Sanitation District.