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Rural recycle dumpsters at risk of being yanked

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Government

These Dumpsters for recyclables are in danger of being removed if the dumping of non-recyclable garbage at these sites continues. Photo by Karen Reisner

By Karen Reisner

Commissioners discussed at the June 4 county board meeting the prevalent misuse of dumpsters which are provided so that residents can drop off recyclable materials at convenient locations. The containers are mostly used by rural citizens to deposit their recyclable waste. There are containers located near Amherst, Minn. Canton, Minn. Chatfield, Minn. Cherry Grove, Minn. Peterson, Minn. and Spring Valley, Minn.

Commissioner Marc Prestby made it clear that all of the locations have seen some dumping of all kinds of garbage that is not recyclable. He stressed that if this abuse continues the containers for recyclable materials at Spring Valley will be pulled on July 1. Spring Valley has seen the most illegal dumping of non-recyclable materials. Sixteen yards of non-recyclable waste per week has been picked up at the Spring Valley site. Prestby said removing the dumpsters will get the word out fast.

Commissioner Tom Kaase said the dumping of non-recyclable garbage is illegal and a misdemeanor punishable by a fine or up to one year in jail. Dumping of non-recyclable materials at these sites is a violation of the Fillmore County Solid Waste Ordinance. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud added if the dumping continues, the only practical thing to do is to remove the dumpsters.

Other Business In Brief

• The Sentence to Serve agreement was renewed as recommended by Sheriff Daryl Jensen through June 30, 2015. County Coordinator Karen Brown said the rate will be the same and no changes were made in the agreement. Chairman Randy Dahl called it a good program.

• After considerable discussion the Highway Account Technician Lead position was reclassified with a title of Highway-Airport Office Manager. Commissioner Duane Bakke said this position is in lieu of an Assistant County Engineer. He said the change is specific to the Highway Department. Amunrud agreed it is a unique position. Dahl commented that an Assistant County Engineer would require a significantly higher wage, adding there is a cost savings.

• The half time custodian positions of John Dollar and Erik Paulson were each increased to full time custodian positions. There will be one half time employee left in the Maintenance Department. Bakke noted that the use of several half time employees has not worked well.

• An access permit to CSAH 12 was approved for Andy and Esther Gingerich, Section 13 Amherst Township. The access will serve as a direct access to a new school house, which was approved through the CUP process two months ago. Zoning Administrator Chris Graves admitted he normally would not approve the access because there is another access within a quarter of a mile. However, this access will also serve as a field access for Nick Stortz who is currently accessing his land locked field through a ditch. Stortz has an easement where the new access is to be located.

• Final payment of $6,864.08 to Minnowa Construction for a box culvert on County Road 115 in Canton Township was approved. The poor condition of CR 115 was also discussed. Because it is a three digit road, local levy dollars would have to pay for any repair work. Bakke asked county engineer Ron Gregg about what it would take to convert it to a two digit road, which would then be eligible for state aid. Gregg described the process to get a road on the state aid system, noting it is harder to add a road than to take one off of the system.

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