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Fri, Apr 6th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

Fillmore County is prepared to enter into an agreement with Waste Management to privatize some of the functions at the Resource Recovery Center. The announcement was made by Commissioner Duane Bakke, who chairs the Solid Waste Committee, at the April 3 Fillmore County Board meeting.

"The Solid Waste Committee will be ready to make a recommendation at our next county board meeting that Fillmore County enter into an agreement with Waste Management," Bakke said.

The agreement comes out of a request-for-proposals process that was set up by the county in June 2000. Waste Management was the only company to submit a proposal.

Under the agreement, the county is expected to retain management of the facility with Waste Management providing transfer and landfill services. Waste Management will need to meet the countys contractual obligations to deliver 1850 tons of solid waste to the Winneshiek County Landfill each year over the next five years. The remaining solid waste will be taken to Waste Management owned landfills.

Fillmore County is expected to provide all the labor necessary to run the center and load materials to be transferred. It is not yet clear if the Resource Recovery Center will need to downsize its work staff because of the agreement.

Bridge Replacement

In other business, the county board passed a resolution to forward the countys list of deficient bridges on to the state. Totaling more than $11 million, the list includes county and township bridges scheduled for replacement over the next five years. Before passing the resolution, the board made some minor adjustments to the list, adding an additional county road bridge in Norway Township to the schedule.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked Highway Engineer Steve Voigt about cost estimates on the schedule, noting that they were about $10,000 less per project than the amounts used on the recent Five Year Plan.

Voigt said that the Five Year Plan costs were adjusted for inflation, and were probably more accurate. But he added that the state doesnt use the cost estimates anyway, preferring to use actual bid prices instead. Voigt said that he would change the estimates if thats what the board wanted.

Commissioner Randall Dahl asked how a bridge in Norway Township could get added to the list. Dahl said it was a county road and that the bridge is too narrow to allow for heavy equipment to get out to a quarry. Voigt agreed with Dahl that it should be added to the list.

On another matter, Voigt told the board that the county is ready to go ahead in letting bids for CSAH 8 Coffee Street Project in Lanesboro. He also informed the board that bid openings for two trucks would take place on April 30 and sent to the board on May 1.

The board also voted to proceed with condemnation proceedings against one property owner on CSAH 11. County Attorney Matt Opat will continue to try and negotiate with the landowner while preparing necessary legal papers.


The county board hopes to set up a planning committee as soon as possible to begin developing short and long term plans for county facilities. Chair Helen Bicknese said that she wanted board members to begin thinking about what kind of structure they would want for the committee. She suggested that membership include the whole county board, some members from the city of Preston and a few members from the Facilities Committee.

Commissioner Bakke said that there were a number of issues to look at including solid waste, the Highway 16/52 project, detention ponds and the courthouse. He suggested bringing in MnDOT when the group is ready to talk about highway issues. Bakke also brought up the need to look at financing and suggested that the county look into the possibility of selling the county farm. He also asked that the county look into getting some advice on what can be done to landscape the current courthouse area.

Conditional Use Permits

The county board approved several conditional use permits:
Arlyn Johnson, Carrolton Township, replat 11 lots into 12 lots.
Amy and Gregg Anshus, Chatfield Township, replat two lots into one lot.
Lawrence Peterson estate, Preble Township, subdvide parcel into three lots.
Eagle Cliff Campground, Holt Township, expand campsite from 150 to 175 sites. The board placed four conditions on this permit, including requiring that all RVs, motor homes and campers parked in the floodplain have their wheels left on at all times; and that the campground create a trail on its land for bicycles to enter Highway 16 at an alternate access point.

By John Torgrimson

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