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Cass County to build new recycling building

Cass County Board approved one improvement in a regular meeting held Aug. 20 in Barclay Township and tabled until 2014 another for the county’s recycling and garbage transfer station, located north of Pine River.

The board awarded a contract to Sebeka Homes Inc. to install a new 60-by-80-foot building at the site. It will be used for recyclables storage, primarily to be used to cover cardboard. Dry recycled cardboard brings a higher price than cardboard which has been outside in rain.

Sebeka’s price for the 15-foot high building will be $28,838.88. The county will also pay Schrupp Excavating $7,500 for site preparation.

The county had awarded a contract for this building to another firm last fall, but the building was not installed before winter, so new quotes were sought this summer. Neither the firm scheduled last fall to build the structure, nor another firm submitting a quote last fall was available to provide the building this year.

Stockman Transfer operates the county garbage and recycling center under a contract with the county.

Under the agreement with Stockman, the county will own the new building and Stockman will convey by quit claim deed for four acres immediately north of the new building to the county. Value on that land is estimated to be $15,000.

Stockman and the county have been splitting any proceeds from cardboard sales at $100 or more per ton. Under a new agreement, the revenue sharing will now be split 50-50 when cardboard sales exceed $75 per ton until such time as the county recovers the cost of the new building.

The board tabled until 2014 a proposal to replace the in-ground scale for weighing garbage truck loads. This will enable the county to take advantage of the new state sales tax exemption for equipment that state law then will allow, saving the county about $5,000.

Cass County Environmental Services Department (ESD) and Cass Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have been working with the DNR and local stakeholders to develop a plan to manage aquatic invasive species.

They held an Aug. 7 meeting in Backus to receive public input and plan to finalize a plan in September.

Represented on the committee are representatives from the county, city of Walker, lake associations, chambers of commerce, Realtors, fishing guides, Leech Lake Reservation, DNR, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Cass County has 514 lakes more than 10 acres in size. Of these, about 15 have infestations of one or more invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil, spiny water flea or zebra mussels. It is hoped the policy will help prevent further spread of invasive species to more lakes.

Once a proposed final plan is completed, it will be presented to the county board to consider adopting the policy.