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City continues to pave way for recycling

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2013

HURON — For those anxious for the city’s recycling program to get under way, the process took another step forward Monday when the City Commission awarded bids and one quote for containers, two trucks and a trailer.

Commissioners also reviewed a draft of a request for proposals they will soon distribute in order to retain a company to accept Huron’s recyclable materials.

Next week, the board will consider first reading of revisions to solid waste ordinances to accommodate the recycling program.

The city so far has 600 households signed up, and city officials hope to have at least 1,000 on board when the program begins in about six weeks.

Sanitation Products of Sioux Falls was awarded a $114,000 bid to supply the 65-gallon refuse containers.

That company was also awarded a $259,907 bid for a truck chassis and automated side loader refuse compactor unit.

Watertown Ford Chrysler was awarded a $40,474 bid for two pickup trucks. One will go to the inspection department and the second will be used by the solid waste department to deliver containers.

Wilkens Industries of Morris, Minn., offered the low quote to provide a two-way live floor trailer to store recyclables until a full load has been collected. The city was able to ask for quotes because the last time it requested bids it received none.

By law, the city does not have to go through the bid process to ask for proposals from companies to provide the end source for the single-stream recycling collection.

In its request, the city is making it clear that the program is just beginning and that quantities can only be estimated.

Without knowing how successful the program will be, the city is asking for proposals for one- and three-year contracts.

Meanwhile, the board approved music copyright licensing agreements with three music licensing entities. The cost is $327 per license per year.

The agreements are needed in order for the city to play music at Splash Central, but music can also now be played at all city facilities and buildings.

Commissioners also:

• Authorized a grant application to replace two portable breath testers, a speed measurement device and to provide for traffic safety overtime in the police department.

• Authorized an application seeking grant funds in a joint venture with the Huron School District to improve the routes around the schools by installing the remaining handicap curb cuts at the elementary schools and completing a sidewalk loop all around Madison Elementary.

The program will also encourage parents to have their children walk or ride their bikes to school rather than ride the bus or be delivered by car.

• Approved special event alcoholic beverage license applications filed by the State Fair for wedding receptions in the Family Living Center on Sept. 21 and Oct. 12.

For the complete article see the 04-16-2013 issue.

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