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Canton rolls out garbage totes


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government



A new plan for waste removal in Canton was discussed and approved at the December 10 meeting of the Canton city council.

Mayor Donivee Johnson reported that Richards Sanitation is willing to pick up recycling for $3.00 per month and to allow the homeowner to choose whether to place their recycling out in a tote or in clear plastic bags. This compromise was proposed in response to residents’ concerns about the previously suggested $6.00 per month cost and requirement to use a tote for recycling.

Mayor Johnson also noted that Richards Sanitation has agreed to phase in the switch to garbage and recycling totes. It was suggested that the councilmembers begin using the totes to allow the town to see how they will work. Councilor Carl Ernst noted that several people in town have provided feedback and are interested in making the change to totes. The council approved the phase in of garbage and recycling totes to begin January 1, 2015.

Garbage totes will be available in three sizes: 32 gallon at $10.14 per month, 64 gallon at $11.62 per month, or 96 gallon at $13.09 per month. Samples of each size are displayed at Canton City Hall for residents interested in comparing the totes. The cost of recycling will be an additional $3.00 per month and residents may use a 65 gallon tote or set out their recycling in clear plastic bags. The totes will be provided by Richards Sanitation and each will be assigned to a specific house.

Canton residents who do not sign up to make the change to totes will continue with their current contract of $8.00 per month and must continue to purchase garbage bags for $1.50 per bag (increases to $1.60 on Jan. 1). The goal is to have the town completely switched to totes by the time the current contract ends in two years. Residents interested in signing up for totes should contact city clerk Lolly Melander at (507) 743-5000.

2015 projected tax levy

The 2015 projected tax levy was presented at the December meeting reflecting a 2% increase, compared with the 6% increase on the proposed budget in September.

The council approved a motion by Mayor Johnson for a wage freeze for city employees Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving for the next three years. In addition the council discussed paying a portion of their wages from the water and sewer fund for the time Nordsving spends at the sewer plant and the time Melander spends billing for .....
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County outlines priorities to legislators

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Government

State Senator Jeremy Miller and Representative Greg Davids listened to and asked questions related to the legislative priorities of department heads and county commissioners at the board’s December 16 meeting. The discussion of a variety of issu ..... 
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Rushford considers rate changes

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A work session regarding proposed changes to water and sewer rate changes was held prior to the Monday, December 8 council meeting with Bill Chang and Mark Lundgren of MSA Professional Services. The rates modification seeks to address operating ne ..... 
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Chatfield reduces 2015 proposed levy increase

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Two public hearings were held at Chatfield’s December 8 meeting. The first was an assessment hearing on the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Projects. The last, was the city’s Truth In Taxation hearing. Properties along Bench Street had i ..... 
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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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Mabel to receive new squad car and street lights

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on December 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Deputy Dan Dornink attended the meeting to discuss the purchase of a new squad car for the Mabel City Police Department. He acquired bids from Ford, Chev ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Houston discusses townships paying their fair share

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston city council held their monthly meeting on December 8. While the meeting was shorter than usual, the council was able to take care of some important matters. The council adopted the final city budget and tax levy for 2015. The total le ..... 
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Spring Valley approves 2015 budget

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks A regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held on December 8 at 6 p.m. Following the Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved December preliminary accoun ..... 
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