By Kristen Miller
The Darwin City voted 3-1, with Council Member Lee Peterson obstaining for the city to start a recycling program beginning in May.
A $2.50 charge will be added to all Darwin residents’ garbage bills starting with next month’s bill.
The cost of the bins was covered by Meeker County. Residents will be notified by West Central Sanitation as to when bins will be dropped off and what the recycling schedule will be, according to Carmen Buhr, city clerk.
Kevin Friesen from Rural Development, attended Tuesday’s meeting and informed the council the city was eligible for $680,000 in grant and loan money for pond funding.
The council will talk to Bolton & Menk for final project costs and they are invited to the next meeting Tuesday, April 15.
In Jill Holte’s public work’s report to the council, she said the sludge bugs for the ponds will cost $15 a pound and she will work on getting program costs.
Holte recently purchased flag poles and Roger Warner, museum director, is looking into purchasing new flags.
She also said there are two potholes on Pacific Avenue for which the council suggested she call Meeker County for repair.
In regards to installing a square ball court in Schoolhouse Park, the council is looking at putting one closer to the playground instead of near the volleyball and basketball courts.
Rick Molenaar of the Darwin Lions addressed the council about looking into a joint effort of purchasing signs for coming into the city on Highway 12.
The signs would cost about $2,500 a piece and be made by Darwin Monuments. The council is waiting to hear if the Darwin Community Club will contribute to the costs as well.
Odds and ends
In other business,
• Buhr informed the council of the different accounts at Farmer’s State Bank of Darwin. The council asked her to check on the rate penalties for early withdrawals, and also compare rates to the League of Minnesota Cities accounts and report back to the council.
• Council Member Larry Huhn was encouraged by the council to submit an application for representation of the city on the Meeker Cooperative board.
• the council announced it will be checking for unkempt properties Thursday, April 10.
• Huhn encouraged the council to attend a Community Club meeting Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Darwin Rod and Gun Club. A meal will be provided and anyone is welcome to come. This is an effort by the club to get more members.
Those expecting to attend should RSVP to the city hall by Sunday, April 20.