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Recycling dumpsters in Spring Valley


Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Illegal dumping of non-recyclable landfill garbage and hazardous waste caused commissioners by consensus to have the dumpsters near Spring Valley intended only for recyclable materials removed early in May. Picture submitted.

The recycling dumpsters that were located along Highway 16 east of Spring Valley were removed in early May due to the high volume of illegal dumping. At the county board’s May 27 meeting the board voted to have the dumpsters put back at that location.

Jon Martin, Solid Waste Administrator, noted that 8 to 12 yards of non-recyclable waste including hazardous waste material had been picked up each week at the site. By consensus the commissioners had agreed to have them removed for a time to see what would happen.

The county does not directly pay for the removal of the landfill waste or hazardous material that is picked up. However, Waste Management who is contracted to pick up the dumpsters and remove all waste materials along with the recyclables figures disposal of the non-recyclable waste in the contract price charged to the county. Martin explained that what he picks up himself does directly cost the county.

Martin acknowledged that most people use the dumpsters for the right purpose. Commissioner Tom Kaase said he was in favor of returning the dumpsters and then concentrating on catching the people who are doing the illegal dumping. He added that it was unfortunate that people that observe the illegal dumping fail to call Martin or the authorities.

Commissioner Randy Dahl commented that they shouldn’t punish citizens who follow the rules, but they cannot stand by and allow constant abuse by some. He suggested installing cameras to catch offenders and that offenders should be fined much more than it would cost to properly dispose of the waste. Chairman Chuck Amunrud maintained that if abusers don’t dump there, they may dump in roadside ditches.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen said that since this discussion came up three weeks ago, he has asked his staff to pay closer attention, adding his department is part but not all of the solution. Jensen reported that they are in the process of purchasing some technology so they can monitor the site. However, they don’t want to fill the courts with illegal garbage dumpers.

Commissioner Marc Prestby wanted to wait a longer period before putting the dumpsters back. A motion was passed to put the dumpsters back and to coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office to stop the illegal dumping. Prestby voted against.

During the Citizens Input portion of the meeting, Benny Helgeson, Spring Valley, had his say on the dumpster issue. He .....
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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount di ..... 
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Spring Valley in search of new ambulance director

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was a very short agenda at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Wednesday evening. As the usual approval of the minutes and May Final Accounts Payable was dealt with, the first issue of pay adjustments for salary increases arose for Chad Hin ..... 
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Wykoff City Council addresses broken warning siren

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

It was determined the warning or tornado siren on South Street in Wykoff was not operational at May’s Wykoff City Council meeting. The city’s contracted electrician inspected the wiring to the pole that hosts the siren and everything was in work ..... 
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Preston endorses Root River restoration project

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the plans for the restoration project at the council’s May 19 meeting. Trout Unlimited requested the city’s endorsement for their plans to improve Root River access for anglers on land owned by the city o ..... 
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Government the Week of May 26, 2014

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Tuesday, May 27, Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, 9 a.m., Fillmore County Courthouse •Tuesday, May 27, Fillmore Central School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

Canton considers request to vacate alley

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

Canton residents Jamie and Holly Knutson were present and made a request for the city to vacate an alley at the May 14 meeting of the Canton City Council. The alley runs between the Knutson and Newman properties in Canton and is not in use. Mayor ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff candidacy announcement

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Government

Rochester Police Shift Commander, Lt. Tom Kaase announces his candidacy for Fillmore County Sheriff. He has served with the Rochester Police Department for the past 18 years in the capacities of patrolman, community policing officer, investigator, na ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city co ..... 
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