By Roz Kohls
The City of Dassel will have a two-part community cleanup project, Saturday May 10, and Saturday, May 17, the city council decided last Monday.
May 10 is scheduled for recycling of appliances, electronics, tires, auto batteries by AA Demolition of Paynesville. If residents pay $3 extra for each item at city hall in advance, the items will be collected curbside. Otherwise, the items will be collected at a central drop site for those who don’t want to pay extra for curbside.
Costs for the drop off site are as follows: Both freon and non-freon appliances will be $10 each; Electronics, computers, monitors and small TVs under 15 inches will be $5. Large TVs and consoles bigger than 15 inches will be $10; car batteries will be $3.
Tires under 16 inches will be $5; Tires between 17 inches and 20 inches will be $10; Tires more than 20 inches will be $20. Tires with rims will be $5 more, up to 20 inches; Tires with rims will be $10 more if the tires are more than 20 inches.
Scrap metal will be free.
All of the items above will be picked up at the curb for $3 more for each item, payable at city hall.
The second part of the city-wide clean up will be May 17. Waste Management of Winsted will collect general trash, plus couches, chairs, mattresses and box springs at the curb at no cost to residents. The city will pay Waste Management $45 a ton.
S&W Inc. also submitted a proposal for recycling, but its rates were higher. Also, the city intended to coordinate a recycling collection with Cokato, but the rates for the Cokato contractor were higher than AA Demolition also, according to City Administrator Myles McGrath.
Fluorescent lights less than four feet long will be collected at the hazardous waste site on the fairgrounds in Litchfield, according to Mayor Ava Flachmeyer.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• heard a report from Public Works Director Dave Scepaniak that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad has tentatively scheduled to replace the timbers in the Third Street Crossing, at no cost to the city, on Thursday, May 15. Afterward, the city will patch the bad spots in the street in front of and behind the crossing, he said.
• noted that Williams Avenue will be barricaded Friday, May 2 in front of the elementary school for a bike rodeo.
• listened to a report from Council Member Bob Lalone that the committee researching a skatepark for Dassel will look at skateparks in Monticello, Litchfield and Montrose. The next grant cycle for skate parks will end in September, he said.