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BE votes for new recycler

Council chooses B&B over Waste Managment

September 24, 2017
Chuck Hunt - Register Editor , Faribault County Register

While the Blue Earth City Council made one major decision choosing a recycling hauler for the city they postponed another one accepting a bid for the new housing development.

The city's current three year recycling contract with Waste Management was set to expire this year, and the council had previously decided to cancel the contract and open up the service to bids.

Two bids were received one from Waste Management and another one from B&B Sanitation and Recycling of Winnebago.

After some discussion, the council voted to go with B&B Sanitation and Recycling.

The main concern was the weight of the trucks and the damage they have been doing to some of the streets in town.

While Waste Management said their proposal was to continue using the automated large trucks for pickup of recycling bins, B&B said they were willing to use 3/4 ton pickup trucks and then haul the recycled material to a parked high-volume recycle truck.

"The staff recommendation is to go with B&B Sanitation of Winnebago, in order to save the streets from further damage," city administrator Tim Ibisch told the council.

There will be some changes made, mainly to the pickup days. Starting at the end of October, when B&B takes over, recycling collection will be on the first and third Thursdays and Fridays of each month, and not every other week.

Residents on the south side of Seventh Street and to the south, east and west perimeters of the city will have their recycles picked up on Thursdays. Those on the north side of Seventh Street and to the north, east and west perimeters of the city will have service on Fridays.

The new schedule also means that in months with five weeks, recycles will still be picked up just on the first and third weeks.

This two time per month pick up instead of every other week as is done now means there will be four fewer times per year the trucks will be running on the streets. That will help with wear and tear on the streets, Ibisch said.

Also, residents will have to switch out their recycle containers when the new company takes over.

Ibisch said he expects Waste Management will be picking up their containers after their last pickup time the end of October. And, some time before that, B&B will be dropping off new containers.

The new containers will be the same size as the current ones, a 96 gallon roll cart.

As far as recycle content is concerned, B&B's list of items which can be recycled is very similar to that of Waste Management, according to a spokesman for B&B. However, one difference is that B&B more closely monitors the recycling material for items that cannot be recycled.

The contract calls for the city to pay B&B Sanitation and Recycling $3.30 per recycling unit per month. That amount was the same bid price from Waste Management if they would be allowed to continue to use the larger trucks. They had another option for smaller trucks which would cost $4.50 per month per household.

Councilman Glenn Gaylord made the motion to accept B&B's bid, with a second by councilwoman Wendy Cole. All voted in favor except for councilman John Huisman who voted no.

New housing plan

Also at the meeting, the council learned they had recived nine bids for the construction of a new housing development near Lampert Lumber.

The bids were for just construction of part of the project, just 17 lots, or for the whole project of all 38 lots.

Brown said the lowest bid for the whole project was $1.79 million, while the one for just part of the project was at $974,600. However after engineering and other fees are added in the overall cost of the project would be $21.1 million for all of it, or $1.2 million for just the 17 lots.

Construction costs for the lots works out to $42,300 if all of the lots are done, and $57,500 if just the 17 are constructed.

However, with all the other costs figured in, those figures could be $55,000 and $71,000.

City administrator Tim Ibisch quickly added that actual selling prices of the lots would probably be much lower, between the $20,000 to $35,000 range.

The council decided to postpone any action or vote on the project because one councilman, Dan Warner, was absent.

They also moved their next council meeting from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3 in order to have a full slate of councilmen and the mayor present.



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