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Members of the Village boards of Boyceville, Downing and Wheeler gathered for their second meeting last week in Boyceville to discuss and plan to join together in forming a Responsible Unit for handling their solid waste, recyclables and other items.
For a number of years Dunn County has been the Responsible Unit for the entire county, but because of rising costs and that most municipalities would not contract with the county because of the higher costs, it was decided that the county would no longer be the Responsible Unit and that local municipalities would have to find their own way to dispose of the waste and recyclables.
The three Villages are like other municipalities that are banding together to operate a site.
Dunn County had operated several sites within the county and one of them is located in the Village of Boyceville on land that is owned by the village, but was leased to the county for one dollar a year. The group heard a report that DNR applications are in to the state for Boyceville to become the Responsible Unit.
The group had previously agreed to use the Boyceville site for their collection needs and at the October 7th meeting agreed to buy the county’s equipment at the site for $30,000 and then plowed through a number of agenda items all concerning the operation of the site.
They discussed which days the site would be open and agreed that two-five hour days per week would work after Bud Gilbertson noted that before the county had financial problems with the program the site was open on Wednesdays and Saturday, but that recently it was open only on Saturdays.
The Connorsville site will be operated by the New Haven RU, which will be joined by the Towns of Tiffany and Sheridan. The municipalities are not planning to do solid waste, only recycling, so there will be one surplus compactor and receiver box.
They also set a fee for collecting tires and that no refrigerators or dehumidifiers would be accepted at the site. They also discussed how they would notify all households within the three villages and provide some sort of identifying card that would be visible to the staff at the site to allow dumping.
There was much discussion about whether the program should operate as part of the Village of Boyceville or a new organization should be created to run it. It might depend on insurance premiums as to which way the program would be run.
The group also appointed Laura Kincade to handle the position of “Recycle Unit” facility clerk for the program, but some questioned if she could be both the clerk and a member of the Village Board of Boyceville.
Each community would pay their share of the cost of operation of the site based on the number of households in the community and they will create a committee to oversee the operations and one member from each community will serve on that committee.
The group will meet again on November 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the Boyceville Village Hall.