By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Rob and Barb Duff of Dassel offered last Monday to start a volunteer group of compost site monitors.
The city of Dassel not only has had a problem with out-of-towners dumping compost at the site, but also people dumping junk, furniture, garbage, and material that needs to be ground up, an expensive method for compost processing, said City Administrator Myles McGrath.
The Duffs had 25 bags of leaves, twigs, and black walnuts to take to the compost site recently, but the site has been closed by the time they get home from work. Also, the site doesn’t open until after noon on Saturday. They asked the city council about extending the hours, or how they could get a key to the site if it’s locked after hours.
The compost site’s regular hours are noon to 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays.
McGrath said a key could be accessed from city hall. Also, the city has budgeted extra hours for an attendant at the compost site on Saturdays in 2009, he added.
However, the site still will be closed if the weather is wet, because the dirt road into the site turns into a sea of mud when it rains, McGrath said.
Council Member Bob Wilde offered to have a key and sign-out sheet at Robert Wilde Studio, 301 Atlantic Ave., Dassel, so residents can access the key when the city offices are closed.
In addition, Public Works Director Dave Scepaniak said the city has curbside compost collection the last week of the month. Also, because there are so many fallen leaves during autumn, the hours are extended to Sunday, Scepaniak said.
The Duffs suggested having a group of volunteer residents take turns attending the site, so hours the site is open could be extended into the evening.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• directed Mike and Leslie Corcoran of Dassel to take their proposal for their 8-acre parcel on the south shore of Spring Lake back to the Dassel planning and zoning commission for further review, because it had changed from four lots to two lots. The Corcorans plan to have the city annex their property.
• rescheduled the hearing for annexing property at the north end of Sellards Drive and Pacific Avenue to Monday, Dec. 1. The council also noted the Truth in Taxation hearing is the same date.
• heard a report from Council Member Bob Lalone that the contractor for boring the watermain under the railroad tracks was delayed waiting for a permit from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The contractor was forced to move his equipment to another job site in North Dakota, and then redeploy his equipment to Dassel to finish the job. The redeployment will cost possibly $12,000.
The contractor told Lalone he wouldn’t have mobilized his equipment in the first place if he had known that all permits weren’t in place.
• listened to a report from Council Member Wayne Medcraft that there is a retaining wall, built by the WPA in the 1930s, and deeded to the city, between his property and the Elmer Rose property. It has an enormous crack in it. Because the wall is city property, the city will need to repair it, he said.
• scheduled a general election canvassing board for Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m.
• noted in a response to a question from Council Member Pat Haapala that each of the new light poles on Atlantic Avenue cost $4,000, including installation.