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Board Of Supervisors Continue Talks On Recycling Options

By Staff | Nov 24, 2015

Talks continued at the regular Tuesday meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors regarding what the county will do for recycling on January 1, 2016. Joe Neary, Palo Alto County Sanitarian was on hand to give the Board an update about recycling plans for the county.

“We are still waiting on Vans Sanitation and Recycling of Le Mars to come up and talk with Horizons,” Neary said. “We are still waiting to see if they are interested or not.”

“I talked with Mile Flannegan of Shamrock Recycling of Emmetsburg about an idea that Ron Graettinger had thrown around about getting Horizons Board, the Supervisors and Mike together and see if there is any way to make a deal locally,” Neary said.

“I think that’s what we should do but I don’t know. We just got to decide something,” Supervisor Ron Graettinger said.

“Mike Flannegan is starting to get impatient and I don’t blame him,” Neary stated.

“That’s understandable, but nobody is stopping him if he wants to make an agreement with Horizons there’s no reason for him not to move forward,” Board Chair Craig Merrill said.

“He (Flannegan) has been back to Horizons and walked through it again, but the offer is still $570,000 for the complex,” Neary said.

“He can move forward. There’s nobody stopping him,” Merrill said.

“It’s not our deal. It’s Horizons building. They have to decide,” commented Supervisor Ed Noonan.

“I think we need to have an executive meeting with Mike and make an offer and then have an executive meeting with Vans and make them the same offer,” Supervisor Linus Solberg said.

“My only concern is it’s Horizons deal. I’m sure Horizons would let us take over,” Noonan said.

After further discussion, the motion was made for Joe Neary to offer Shamrock Recycling 16.5 cents per capita at a 4694 county residents (minus the populations of Emmetsburg, Cylinder, and West Bend) for a monthly total of $766 for a processing fee for recycling plus and additional $1234 per month for can redemption pending approval of the Solid Waste Commission. Four Board members approved with Supervisor Linus Solberg abstaining.

Neary also presented the Board with the appointed of Aletha King to the Planning and Zoning Commission to fill a vacancy created when a member was lost. Approval was unanimous.

Rene Von Bokern, Bargaining Representative for Palo Alto of Des Moines called to schedule bargaining dates with the secondary road union. The first bargaining date is scheduled for Monday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m. with the Compensation Board and Bargaining Strategy meetings set for December 1st.

Palo Alto County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth presented the Board with a partial acquisition contract with Jeff Stillman for a parcel of land north of 350th St. where the walking trail is going. Approval was unanimous.

Davi-Oeth also present four quotes taking for fuel letting: Maxyield of West Bend $414,741, Ruthven Co-op of Ruthven $412,236, Pro Co-op of Graettinger $414,999 and Andersons of Everly $415,620. By unanimous decision, the fuel contract for 2015-2016 was awarded to Ruthven Co-op of Ruthven.

In other Secondary Road Department business, , the board approved the hiring of two new equopment operators. Bryan Long was hired at $18.39 per hour for a position based in Ruthven and Chase Soonan was hired for $18.39 per hour a position based in Ayrshire. Both men will begin their dutines on December 1.