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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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Canton canvasses election results

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The election results for the City of Canton were canvassed by the City Council at their regular meeting on November 12. Mayor Donivee Johnson read the election results, stating that there were 171 registered voters, with 18 registering on Election ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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