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Spirit Lake: Recycling agreement approved

By Staff | Jun 10, 2009

SPIRIT LAKE – Tuesday evening’s Spirit Lake city council meeting was brief, yet yielded favorable results.

Public works director Dwight Dohlman recommended that the board approve a solid waste recycling agreement with H&H Recycling of Spirit Lake at a cost of $7,880 per month.

Under the new contract, H&H will no longer pick up bulk glass from the dumpster at public works. However, they will continue to pick up the glass curbside. Reasons for discontinuing the pick up include that too much non-recyclable material is mixed in with the clear glass and it is too hard to sort.

Council member Stephen Balm said they would still need to have a drop site for glass. Residents are accustomed to bringing glass there, and he doesn’t want to see that changed.

The second lowest bid, which was approximately $2,000 more per month, also does not pick up glass from dumpsters.

Because the glass dumpster is the slowest to fill – council members said it didn’t need to be emptied more than once each month – they agreed to leave a dumpster at public works for residents to use. The city would then empty the dumpster. The council approved the agreement with H&H Recycling.

City administrator Mark Stevens presented amendments to the ordinance pertaining to taxi cabs. He said the current ordinance was difficult to interpret and enforce.

The new ordinance would increase insurance coverage from $500,000 to $1.5 million. Licenses would be issued annually on April 1, before the major tourist season begins. Regarding additional licenses, each taxi driver would be registered with the city. Separate tags would be placed on the passenger side front window, visible to the public and police.

The council adopted the first reading of the ordinance.

The Dickinson County Trails Board requested the city’s support in developing a recreational trail that would connect Dickinson and Osceola counties.

The Iowa Northwest Railroad filed for abandonment approximately seven months ago. The trail board is seeking to purchase the railroad right-of-way and turn it into a public trail. This is a joint project among the trail board, Osceola County Conservation Board and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

The trail board is writing three grants to help fund the project. The venture would create 37 miles of trail, from Allendorf to one mile west of Superior.

The council agreed to support the project.

Council member Jerry Harbst proposed raising the speed limit on Hill Avenue, south of the Presbyterian Church. Police chief Jeff Hanson said he had no issues with the idea. The council agreed to put the item on the agenda for the next meeting.