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Armstrong raises garbage, recycling rates

By Staff | Oct 9, 2008

In order to cover a fuel surcharge from its solid waste service provider, the Armstrong City Council Tuesday approved an increase in garbage and recycling fees.

After approving a three-year contract with Waste Management, the council also approved a 60-cent increase per container for solid waste collection and a 20-cent recycling fee increase. The new monthly fees will be $9.60 for one person, $10.60 for two and $11.60 for three or more persons per household. The recycling fee will be $2.60 a month. The rate increase will be effective with the November billing.

In other business, the council discussed cemetery maintenance and agreed to meet with Dave Johnson, cemetery caretaker, at the cemetery at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 before the next council meeting.

In his report, Craig Merrill, police chief, discussed animal control. Merrill also said he would check with the Iowa Department of Transportation to determine the possibility of getting a stop ahead sign placed at the intersection of Sixth Avenue just north of the liquor store and Highway 15.

Merrill and the council also discussed the city law enforcement agreement with the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department and the purchase of an in-car camera.

In other business the council:

n Approved the final payment estimate for $39,356 to Grundman-Hicks for work on the city pool pending approval by Tom Leach, city maintenance superintendent.

n Approved a pay estimate for $18,205.38 to Valley Contracting for a new six-inch water main to the Valley Vue Care Center assisted living facility.

n Approved a pay estimate of $121,812.75 to Valley Contracting for the storm sewer project. Due to a predicted shortfall in local option sales tax income, the city will need to hold a public hearing at its November meeting for approval of a three-year loan for the project. The local option sales tax distribution to the city will be reduced after the tax was approved throughout the rest of Emmet County Aug. 26.

n Approved a revolving loan for $3,325 to Carol Slifka who is purchasing Danielle Merrill’s building behind Family Market.

n Agreed to pay $500 for a property from Furman Realty in order to continue with a default judgement.

n Approved a resolution to the ABCM Corporation to build over the city storm sewer as part of the Valley Vue Care Center assisted living project.

n Discussed storage of pool equipment, tree sump removal and leaf pickup.