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4/15/2014 1:07:00 PM
Dodge County Commissioners County won't have to pay to stop WM services

By Gretta Becay

After seeing last week's Star Herald headline, (Balking at Waste Management bill, April 2, 2014) Dodge County Commissioner David Erickson asked County Administrator Jim Elmquist to find out if the county would have to pay a similar bill if the county changes waste/recycling services.

Like the county, the Dodge Center offices of the Community News Corporation used the hauling services of ARI until Waste Management purchased the company and its customer list.

When Community News Corp decided to use a local hauler, Waste Management billed them $150 to pick up two 96-gallon containers.

Would the same thing happen to the county, Erickson wondered?

The county goes out for bid each year for its trash pick up and this year, the bid from Hometown Haulers, LLC was the lowest.

For a little over $1,000 the company will pick up trash from the highway department, Fairview Care Center, and the public health building in Dodge Center as well as the courthouse and the service center in Mantorville. This bid includes two pick-ups per week at the courthouse.

Waste Management's bid came in at almost $1,350 and did not include the second pickup per week at the courthouse.

Elmquist said he was informed that Waste Management would not charge the county to pick up their containers.

At their meeting April 8, 2014, the commissioners also approved Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for:

• Kody Kramer for a new feedlot for 2,400-head of finishing hogs in Hayfield Township. There may be specimens of the endangered species Wild Quinine near the feedlot location in the county road right-of-way.

• Nick Masching for a new feedlot for 2,400-head of finishing hogs in Westfield Township. One neighbor protested the feedlot through their attorney.

• H4 Enterprises LLC/Creative Modular Concepts for a business in Mantorville Township that builds modular housing units that will be shipped to the oil fields in North Dakota. The Planning Commission attached 16 conditions to the CUP and limited it to one year.

The commissioners also approved a zoning amendment for GM LLC/Garwin McNeilus from agriculture to industrial for a 20-acre parcel in Ashland Township.

The commissioners also approved:

• The county's $43,616 portion of a Regional Logger - a piece of technology that logs radio traffic and telephone calls. By sharing the logger with Olmsted, Wabasha, Fillmore, Winona, and Goodhue counties, the county is saving about $140,000.

• The hiring of one full-time deputy.

• The annual summer modification of some workers' hours in the highway department to four 10-hour days from five 8-hour days.

• A $175,000 appropriation to the Fairview Nursing Home.

The commissioners will meet again at 9:30 a.m. April 22, at the courthouse.

Claremont Service

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