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Chatfield gives preliminary approval for Commercial Waste Hauling License

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
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Chatfield’s new fire truck. Photo by Karen Reisner

The Chatfield City Council considered a request from Veolia Environmental Services for a license to haul commercial and industrial refuse at the council’s May 29 meeting. Councilors Ken Jacobson and Paul Novotny were absent.

David Meyer, Rochester Veolia office, and Mark Vinall, area manager, fielded questions about the weight of the trucks and required thickness of asphalt to support the trucks in alleys. Vinall explained they still have 50 percent rear loading trucks, but are moving toward more front loading trucks which are more productive. He said they had looked at possible pickup spots and said there were some concerns with overhead wires.

City Attorney Fred Suhler said he didn’t see an issue with gross weights of the trucks, but just whether they should be involved with rates. City Clerk Joel Young said the code does say something about rates, but he doesn’t see why the city would want to regulate rates in a situation where there is free enterprise. The type of refuse will vary business to business.

Vinall said pricing would have to take into account disposal location since these locations are different in the rates they charge.

The council gave preliminary approval to issue a license subject to final approval by the council of a contract between Veolia and Chatfield regarding the exercise of that license.

The city of Chatfield has a contract with William Hanson for hauling the residential waste in Chatfield.

Ordinance 135

The council approved an authorization for the city attorney to draft the amendment and the first consideration of the amendment to Ordinance 135 to correct some errors. The ordinance had been drafted in 1955. It’s language has Park “Street” instead of “Avenue” and “McKinney” Street instead of “McKenney” Street.

The errors make it difficult to get a clean title opinion on some property.

Other Business In Brief

• Young said the city wants to improve Mill Creek from CR 2 to the Root River, stabilizing the banks. They need the cooperation of neighbors on River Street and have met with most of them.

• The council authorized the city clerk to sign up city council members, P & Z commissioners and staff for on-line training related to zoning and land use issues. The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust allows for a premium savings on the insurance coverage if a majority of the named groups take the one hour training. The cost totals $180 for everyone.

• The swimming pool will open June 7.

• Before adjourning councilors went outside to view the city’s new fire truck.

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