By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Dassel City Council renewed the city’s waste hauling and recycling contract with Waste Management last Monday, with the contract including single-sort recycling.
Waste Management’s contract, which also includes supplying trucks and labor for the annual citywide cleanup each spring and hauling after community events, is approximately 3 percent less expensive than a quote the city received from West Central Sanitation of Eden Valley, according to City Administrator Myles McGrath.
The increase for the single-sort recycling service will be less than $1 per month, and can be offset with a reduction in the regular container size. The new five-year contract will begin Jan. 1, he said.
Currently, city refuse and recycling rates are $8.28 per week for a 32-gallon cart, and $1.91 for two-sort recycling every other week. In the new contract, weekly service for a 32-gallon cart will be $8.69, and single-sort recycling will be $2.94, according to Pam Fleischacker, Waste Management’s municipal marketing manager.
City residents will receive wheeled carts with yellow lids for the recyclables.
The new rates will include a fuel surcharge. If diesel fuel rises to between $3 and $3.24 per gallon, for example, the rates will increase 2 percent. However, with the fuel surcharge, Waste Management’s rates are still less than West Central Sanitation’s rates, McGrath said.
West Central also wouldn’t do the annual spring cleanup, he added.
McGrath and city officials toured Waste Management’s recycling facility earlier this month, and were impressed by its state-of-the-art process, McGrath said. Waste Management has a 95 to 96 percent recovery rate.
Council Member Bob Wilde pointed out that Waste Management collects fluorescent lights on an occasional basis, for now. The lights are put into egg-carton-like containers for collection, McGrath agreed.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• noted from the state department of public financing that the city will receive a rate of 1.016 percent interest on its financing for the new $778,500 water tower project. The rate is “very, very good,” McGrath said. He was expecting it to be at least 2-3 percent, he added.
• reviewed the time line for work on the $589,000 expansion of the Universal Laboratories building. The plumbing and electrical work in the ground are complete. Work on the floors will continue, and the walls will be erected as soon as the heating in the floors and other work is complete, possibly this week.
• planned to find dark places in Dassel to use the old light poles and their heads from Atlantic Avenue, when the new lights are installed. Council Member Wayne Medcraft said he took a GE lighting class, and learned there is research showing people will shop more often in well-lit areas.