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BE City Council tackles subject of recycling...again

September 10, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register

The Blue Earth City Council discussed two recycling contract proposals during their last meeting on Sept. 5. With one proposal coming from Waste Management and the other proposal coming from B and B Sanitation in Winnebago, Blue Earth city administrator Tim Ibisch revealed base price options per recycle unit in both proposals will cost $3.30 per month per customer.

Despite both proposals being equal, Ibisch recommended B and B Sanitation's proposal as the more prudent option. Ibisch cited lighter impact vehicles used by B and B would be a major benefit to the city's sensitive road conditions.

However, city council member John Huisman suggested postponing a decision as more time may be necessary to review each proposal. The council ultimately decided to table the matter for their next board meeting.

Additionally, debt management practices were also a topic of conversation at the local level. Ibisch discussed debt levy adjustments that have already been established. According to Ibisch, the main goal of these adjustments is to eliminate the impact of front end payments as it pertains to housing bonds.

"We're trying to get creative," Ibisch said. "The main goal of controlling debt flow is to eliminate the impact on the front end. By making back end payments on housing bonds or housing projects, we will have additional revenue in the future. Right now, we are in a good position to a healthy debt levy situation."

Other key items from Tuesday's meeting included:

City engineer Wes Brown revealed there are currently 22 bidders involved in bids for the Northeast Housing Development. Bidders are from several different midwest regions including Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

A landlord complaint was addressed by Ibisch. A tree was removed from the property of Fairmont resident Danny Klous. Klous owns a number of rental properties in the southern Minnesota area.

Despite the complaint, Ibisch remained steadfast in his approach in enforcing nuisance violations.

"We gave him adequate time to address the situation before removing the tree," Ibisch said. "When you don't enforce these things, sometimes people ignore the situation. If I had to do this all over again, maybe I would have acted even sooner."

A motion passed to approve the loan request from Blue Earth Light and Water. The loan amount totals 362,329 with an interest rate of 2.24 percent for a five year period.

The Blue Earth City Council authorized the hiring of Luke Steier as the new manager of the Blue Earth Municipal Airport. Councilman Glenn Gaylord spoke highly of Steier, encouraging the approval of his application.

"I think he deserves it. He's been a pretty good person at helping out the airport for many years," Gaylord said.



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