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Hazardous waste collection day set June 23 in Lake Shore

Cass County Board learns about other collection days and sites. The county also accepts household hazardous waste at the main transfer station north of Pine River on Highway 371 during normal business hours throughout the year.

Cass County Courthouse in Walker.
Cass County Courthouse in Walker.<br/>
Brainerd Dispatch

BACKUS — Cass County will offer five half-day household hazardous waste collection opportunities at sites throughout the county this summer, Environmental Services Director John Ringle shared at the Tuesday, March 15, Cass County Board meeting.

The collection days include:

  • June 7: 1-4 p.m. at the county highway garage on County Highway 12.
  • June 23: 1-4 p.m. at Lake Shore City Hall.
  • July 13: Noon to 3 p.m. at Longville recycling area behind city hall.
  • Aug. 10: 10 a.m. to noon at Remer Do It Best Hardware.
  • Aug. 10: 1-3 p.m. at Crooked Lake Township recycling center.

The county also accepts household hazardous waste at the main transfer station north of Pine River on Highway 371 during normal business hours throughout the year. Hazardous waste includes unused paints, stains, varnishes, herbicides, pesticides, some types of cleaners and other materials.
On Feb. 18, Ringle and Commissioner Scott Bruns attended the Northwest Minnesota Household Hazardous Waste Joint Powers Board meeting. Ringle said out of the nine counties comprising the joint powers board, Cass County has the highest number of participants in the disposal program, along with the Pine River transfer site having the second-highest drop-off site collection participation rate.

Cass County also reportedly had a total of 233 participants at the local collection events, making these summer collection events successful, officials said. Cass County collected a total of 74,140 pounds of household hazardous waste last year with the department spending $14,232 on this program. Costs are covered using funds from the county waste management assessment on property taxes.

County Administrator Josh Stevenson shared a summary of a recent meeting of the Solid Waste Committee. The committee reviewed the requested terms from existing contractors related to expired cardboard agreements. The committee received a request from City Sanitary to increase the number of routes to three per week for Longville and Walker between May and November, which is consistent with current practices.

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The committee also received a request from American Disposal to update terms from pay of $1.92 per mile to $2.25 per mile and the rate for monthly containers from $15 each to $17 each.

Waste Partners did not provide updated terms to agreements to the committee by the due date. However, Eric Loge and Drey Loge, representing Waste Partners, attended the meeting and requested the board not approve the updated agreements without their proposal included. They said they thought the committee would sit down in a meeting to discuss options before the agreements were reviewed.

The board did not send the contracts back to the committee for further review and approved the current recommendations from the committee.

Stevenson also reported the committee reviewed a proposal from Dabill Welding to repair the metal curb on the top floor in building No. 3 at the Pine River Transfer Station. The repairs include approximately $22,000 in materials and $50,000 in labor costs. The committee recommended approving the agreement with Dabill Welding, which the board did.

In other business, the county board:

  • Approved an American Rescue Plan Act grant to Senior Leech Lakers for $10,000 to assist in connection of natural gas lines and construction to make the building handicap accessible.
  • Approved an ARPA grant to the city of Cass Lake, pending approval of grant application, for $50,000 to assist in rehabilitating 15 owner-occupied homes.
  • Approved the final 2021 budget amendments as presented by Chief Financial Officer Sandra Norikane.
  • Heard a COVID-19 update from public health nurses Jamie Richter and Gina Zubke with overall totals from 2020 to current and stated Cass County is currently in a low COVID-19 community risk level.
  • Awarded the bid to Traffic Marking for 2022 roadway striping for $93,339.

Kyndra Johnson is Cass County correspondent.

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