Recycling will be picked up every other Wednesday, starting April 2
By Ryan Gueningsman
After many years, residents of Franklin Township will have a new recycling provider, as Randy’s Sanitation underbid Wright Recycling.
Three quotes were received by the township board for the service, and reviewed at the board’s regular meeting March 3.
Randy’s Sanitation’s quote was $2 per household, per month; Waste Management’s quote was $2.38 per household, per month; and Wright Recycling’s quote was $2.73 per household, per month.
Township Supervisor Bill McMullen said Waste Management also has a fuel surcharge added, which the other bids did not. A question was brought up if Randy’s will pick up the same number of times and same days. It was noted they will pick up the same number, but not necessarily the same days.
The township decided to go with Randy’s Sanitation, being the low bidder, for the 2008 recycling contract that runs from April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009.
Special meeting takes place after gravel hauling bid inadvertently not read
The board also met in special session the morning of March 8 to finalize granite hauling quote proposals.
At its regular meeting March 3, seven sealed bids for granite hauling were reviewed by the board, and the contract was awarded to the apparent low bidder Marson Contractors, at $11.74 per cubic yard.
Another quote had been received from Spindler Improvements, at $6.58 per cubic yard, but due to an oversight, the quote was not read at the regular meeting March 3.
After the township contacted Spindler, township officials were told the quote was provided in error and the proposal was being withdrawn by the company.
The board’s contract of March 3 awarded the gravel hauling contract to Marson Contractors at $11.74 per cubic yard.
At the special meeting, the board reaffirmed its decision to go with Marson Contractors, with the contingency that if the contractor for some reason backs out, the township may go with the next lowest quoter.
The township plans to try granite on 110th Street and 50th Street this year as a test area, and that granite will be hauled from a site near St. Cloud.
For its regular gravel hauling, the board also reviewed six bids that had been submitted to provide the service to the township.
Two identical low bids were received MBE and Helmin Construction both bid $4.94 per cubic yard.
After discussion, it was decided to award the bid to MBE because it is a local business, whereas Helmin Construction is from Foley.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• reviewed and approved the one sealed bid it received for dust control services from Dustcoating in the amount of $.68 per gallon.
It was noted last year’s cost was $.62 per gallon.
• tabled a request from Don Anderson for a road frontage variance until the full township board is present. Supervisor John Czanstkowski Sr. was absent at the meeting.
• heard from Montrose Fire Chief Mike Marketon, who talked about a rate increase for the 2009 fire contract.
Marketon said rates haven’t been increased in almost five years, and said Wright County is switching to 800 megahertz for its radio system, which will cost the department $60,000 to $80,000 in radios alone, plus system costs.
The board approved the request to increase the Montrose fire protection assessment from $100 per parcel to $125. The city and other three townships serviced by the Montrose Fire Department have accepted the increase.
It was noted the other two fire departments that serve Franklin Township Watertown and Delano have increased their fees on a yearly basis.
• heard from Crystal Foust from the City of Watertown regarding Watertown’s comprehensive plan. Discussion took place about future expansion, orderly annexation, density, and county roads.
McMullen noted Franklin Township presently does not have an orderly annexation agreement with anyone, but that it should be reviewed at the proper time. He said the comprehensive plan looks realistic, and that the township wants to have a healthy relationship with the City of Watertown.
• heard the south half of the county’s land use plan will be coming up, and that it should be discussed at the annual meeting.