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Armstrong changes garbage collection date

By Staff | May 5, 2010

ARMSTRONG – Starting June 3, Armstrong residents will have their garbage picked up on Thursday instead of Tuesday.

That was the agreement the Armstrong City Council made with its solid waste collector, Waste Management, at the council’s regular meeting Monday.

Chris Frank, speaking for Waste Management, said the company wants to do recycling and garbage with the same truck. He said recyclables will still be picked up every other week.

In other business, the council held a public hearing on a nuisance violation with Brent Nelsen.

Police Chief Craig Merrill noted a complaint of items in front of Nelsen’s shop on Diagonal.

The council agreed to give Nelsen another week to deal with the situation.

In his police report, Merrill said felony charges had been filed against individuals from Fenton and Cylinder who had vandalized the park shelter house.

The council held a public hearing for a budget amendment for the current year. The budget amendment is to cover added expenses in public safety, $18,500; public works, $33,000; and community and economic development, $28,500.

City clerk Connie Thackery noted added costs for snow removal, costs for utilities at Spring Creek and extra waterline repair. Local option sales taxes were also down from what was estimated.

The council also discussed possibly charging Alliant Energy a franchise fee in lieu of a local option sales tax on utility bills. If a franchise fee were charged, the city would be able to retain the entire amount rather than have to share part of the local option sales tax with other local governments.

The board approved a $3,200 loan to Greg Buum dba Be Kleen Car Wash subject to a lien if applicable.