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Recycling in Mount Ayr was again a topic of discussion of the city council at their meeting Monday, December 21.
City administrator Brent Wise reported that he had made initial contact with Ammon Taylor, a representative from Waste Management, regarding options for recycling.
While no firm plans were offered and no associated costs estimated, Taylor said his company could perhaps offer three options:
1) Waste Management would provide curbside recycling pick-up with Waste Management transporting the collection to its facility in Creston or Des Moines;
2) Waste Management provides pickup service and Mount Ayr is responsible for hauling the collection to a facility;
3) Waste Management provide one or more roll-out dumpsters for residents to discard their recycling materials. Waste Management would be responsible for emptying the dumpsters.
Wise expected to received quotes for all three options in the coming days.
Wise also said he intends to meet with the board at the Wayne-Ringgold-Decatur landfill to explore the idea of using the landfill as a central collection site for area towns to deliver their recycling. That move would reduce travel costs for contractors who currently collect recycling from the individual towns.
The council decided to move forward with providing water service to a property at 603 S. Fillmore Street.
The property has no street frontage, and the property owners on either side of the property have declined to allow the city to dig up their properties to provide the service.
At Monday’s meeting council OK’d boring a service line from the main in the street to connect to the service line at 603. S. Fillmore.
The boring would go under property owned by Cunning Company, which sits between the street and the house at 603 S. Fillmore.
At their December 7 meeting, the council had already approved a letter to Cunning Company informing their intent to pursue legal action if Cunning did not comply with the city’s request to allow access to the 603 S. Fillmore property.
Wise said he has received a request from Hy-Vee for permission to install concrete to the alley running north of its location in the former Shopko buliding.
Noting a city sewer line runs under the alley, the council gave its consent pending the stipulation that Hy-Vee accepts responsibility for any repairs to the surface if the city ever needs to repair the sewer line.
This stipulation is the same as with any residential or commercial driveway located on city-owned right of way.
In other business the council:
• approved an amendment to the FY2021 city budget.
• set a public hearing for 6 p.m. on January 4 on a proposal to enter into a general obligation equipment acquisition loan agreement not to exceed $315,000.
• approved a one-time $50 salary adjustment for all city employees.
• held a reception for retiring city clerk Pam Poore following the adjournment of Monday’s regular meeting. The reception was attended by Pam’s husband Clint as well as the mayor, councilmen, and all city employees.