The Minden City Council put to rest more than a year’s worth of discussion about the future of its sanitation and recycle programs.
A full council came to the city hall chambers on August 5 with a final decision looming in whether to keep the sanitation, recycling and yard waste services city run or outsource the work to Woodward’s Disposal of Hastings.
City Administrator Matt Cederburg prepared a document for council which had three options to decide upon.
The first was Option 1 – this was to keep both the 1997 and 2004 garbage trucks with repairs and in the fifth year purchase a new garbage truck at an approximated cost of $180,000 and finance the truck for roughly $38,500 per year. The recycling would stay the same with curbside delivery. The other wrinkle to this comes with yard waste. The NDEQ told the city they needed to have a proper compose program for yard waste at the landfill. With this comes a fee. In this option would include purchasing a 2,000 gallon water trailer and trommel screen to remove debris from waste at an approximate cost of $125,000. This is necessary if citizens still would like to keep the yard waste landfill and it was proposed a $2 per month fee to cover the cost.
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