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Mayor: Abuse it, lose it

By Staff | Apr 15, 2012

Bricelyn Mayor Arlen O’Brien removes styrofoam dumped in one of the containers placed outside the Community Center for residents to put recyclable items.

The mayor of Bricelyn has a warning for local residents – don’t misuse or we’ll lose them, too.

Arlen O’Brien’s comments came during the City Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

O’Brien was talking about the extra recycling containers the county recently placed at the Community Center.

“The only reason we got more is because they were being abused in Blue Earth. I saw three or four with styrofoam in them, It seems pretty clear they could get pulled here too,” he says.

If necessary, O’Brien says the city should pay for an ad in the local paper to get the word out.

Billeye Rabbe, solid waste coordinator for Martin and Faribault counties, says several 300-gallon containers were taken to Bricelyn on March 20.

“I needed a place to put them, so I drove there the same day we closed the drop-off site in Blue Earth,” she says.

Bricelyn residents, as well as those in surrounding townships, may use the containers. But, they’re only for recyclable items.

“What can be dumped is written right on the containers. People need to look. They know better,” Rabbe says.

Winnebago and Pihls Park also got some of the extra containers.Blue Earth City Townships should be getting a notice soon in the mail telling them where to take items for recycling.

Rabbe says the plan is to have a truck collect the items once a month.

In other business, the council:

Passed a resolution changing the monthly meeting date to the second Tuesday of the month. The meeting will still start at 7 p.m.;

Approved purchase of a computer and 19-inch monitor for City Hall at a cost of $996;

OK’d a contract with Ziegler Inc., to buy a generator for $32,493, about $8,000 less than budgeted. The city plans to keep the older generator as a backup in case of emergencies;

Accepted two donations from the Bricelyn Community Club.

Julie Stevermer presented checks of $236.70 and $1,062.45 from proceeds of the Valentine’s Day fundraiser;

Will hold a work session meeting on April 24 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Community Center.