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Canton opens new Government Center


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

October brought an exciting change for Canton, as the new Government Center was opened. Virtually unrecognizable as the old liquor store, the updated building now has a handicap accessible entrance on the side of the building, an office and counter for the city clerk, and an open meeting room in the front. The building was refinished inside and out, yet able to keep a few original elements, including parts of the old tin ceiling.

The Canton City Council held its monthly meeting in the newly renovated building for the first time on October 8.

Garbage Bags vs. Totes

Greg Skauge of Richard’s Sanitation was present to discuss options for switching from placing garbage in bags for pick up to placing it in totes. Totes are the large plastic cans on wheels with lids and are available in three sizes. Skauge brought in a sample tote of each size to show the council as he explained the options.

Skauge stated that the sanitation industry is moving in the direction of totes, and eventually, automated trucks, encouraged by workers’ compensation insurers, since there are fewer injuries to sanitation workers when totes are used than when they are collecting bags from the ground.

Benefits to the town and residents include totes being cleaner, keeping stray animals and pests away from the garbage, and not having to buy expensive bags. The totes would be owned by Richards Sanitation, so residents would not need to purchase them, but they would be responsible for keeping the totes clean. Each tote has a serial number so it can be assigned to a property and tracked.

Canton residents currently pay $8 per month and must put their garbage out in bags, which cost $1.50 per bag. Recycling is currently being picked up at no additional cost. There are still a couple of years left on the current contract between the city and Richard’s Sanitation, but it could be voided upon agreement of both parties.

The cost difference for totes depends on how many bags a residence is currently using and the size of tote chosen, so some would see an increase, while others could see a decrease in cost.

The smallest tote, 32 gallons, costs $10.14 per month; the 64 gallon tote costs $11.62 per month; and the largest tote, 96 gallons, costs $13.09 per month. In addition, recycling would need to be put in a separate tote, which costs $6 per month. Skauge noted that they would not pick .....
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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9. The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the city council meeting in May and a pub ..... 
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Complaints about cats addressed in Canton

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council addressed complaints about cats at their regular meeting on June 11. Jamie and Katie Dierson, as well as other Canton residents, have complained about cats apparently belonging to a neighbor. There are several cats running ..... 
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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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Canton moves forward with spring projects

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council took a walk down the street to the old liquor store building at the beginning of the April 9 meeting to take a look at the current state of the building and discuss plans for rebuilding now that the weather is improving. Th ..... 
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Canton forgives over-run charges

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution to forgive water/sewer over-run charges was approved at the March 11 meeting of the Canton City Council. There will be no charge for water/sewer over-run for the months of January, February and March due to extreme cold weather. Town ..... 
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Canton plans for big “Day Off”

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

Every five years Canton’s “Day Off” explodes into a three day celebration that consumes the entire town. “It’s going to be big,” said Acting Mayor Cindy Shanks at the February 12 Canton City Council meeting as she went over the plans alr ..... 
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Mabel-Canton junior class brings proposal to city council

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

By Hannah Wingert Representatives of the Mabel-Canton junior class addressed the city council to ask permission to plan a 5K fundraiser event on October 19, 2013. A route has not yet been determined, but they are planning to use Steam Engine Park ..... 
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