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Canton supports state funding for city streets


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution supporting state funding for streets in cities with population under 5,000 was approved at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on March 11.

Minnesota has over 141,000 miles of roadway and 13% of those, over 19,000 miles, are owned and maintained by the 852 cities in Minnesota. More than 700 of those cities have a population below 5,000 and are ineligible for dedicated Highway User Tax Distribution Fund dollars.

Resolution #0311-15A supports an omnibus transportation funding bill that provides dedicated state funding for non-MSA (Municipal State Aid) cities under 5,000 in population for street maintenance, construction and reconstruction. The resolution asserts that “cities need greater resources, including an additional dedicated state funding source for transportation, and flexible policies in order to meet growing demands for street improvements and maintenance…maintenance costs increase as road systems age, and no city – large or small – is spending enough on roadway capital improvements to maintain a 50 year lifecycle… for every one dollar spent on maintenance, a road authority – and therefore taxpayers – save seven dollars in repairs”.

The council voted unanimously to approve Resolution #0311-15A.

Garbage contract

The council again spent significant time discussing the garbage contract and the transition from bags to carts. City Clerk Lolly Melander reported that with so many households switching to carts the city is no longer bringing in enough money to cover the current annual garbage contract, which is still in place for two years unless a new agreement is reached with Richards Sanitation.

Under the old contract, each household pays $8 per month and is required to purchase bags for $1.80 per bag. With 167 households in Canton, the monthly payments cover the annual amount due for the garbage contract and the city breaks even. When a household switches to carts, they then pay the set amount based on the size of their cart and no longer pay the $8 per month toward the old contract. This is resulting in a growing shortage, currently about $4,000, of income to pay for the garbage contract. The city cannot afford to continue to slowly phase in the carts since the problem will get worse as more residents move to carts.

The council understood and agreed that garbage carts are an inevitable change, but had a more difficu .....
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Journal Writing Project: Do animals deserve rights?

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

We all see the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States sad animal commercials on the television. They show sad and abused animals to spread the word about animal cruelty. There are thirty or more groups around the United States that suppor ..... 
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Mabel-Canton to update school’s boiler system

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met for their regular meeting on March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the February 17th, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by the board with only one minor change. ..... 
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Standardizing the World

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

For years schools all over the world have been requiring students to take a standardized test to gauge their knowledge levels. I don’t believe that it should be a requirement for people to take the tests. By using standardized tests, the gover ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Camera obscura

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Camera is latin for room, and obscura is latin for dark.(cameraobscura.co.uk, 2014) Basically it’s where an outside image is projected into a room upside down. It’s actually something very simple and easy to make. You could make one in your ow ..... 
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Enrollment numbers up for Mabel-Canton School District

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 17th, 2014 at 7 pm. All board members were present. The minutes from the January 12th and 28th, 2015 meetings were reviewed and approved. Minnesota School Board Recognition Week is Februa ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can br ..... 
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Canton seeks Green Community Grant

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The City of Canton will be applying for the Rockwell-Collins Green Community Grant, which provides up to $2,500 for a community project that is green and environmentally friendly. An estimate for the proposed project was reviewed at the regular m ..... 
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CANTON TOWNSHIP ROCK BIDS

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Canton Legals

CANTON TOWNSHIP ROCK BIDS The Canton Township Board will accept quotes on crushed rock which meets state specifications. Quotes are to be on a per yard basis, delivered, spread and picked up as needed. Quotes are to be sent or delivered to the Tow ..... 
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