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GLENWOOD CITY—The City Council is making changes to the way the recycling center operates in the community.
For more than 40 years, the city has operated the center. Citizens were required to separate recyclables from garbage and sort those recyclables at the center. The city would bundle up what is collected and they had a market for those recycled items, which produced some revenue to help run the center.
But apparently the bottom has dropped out of the market for recycled material and the city is unable to sell or find a place to ship any of those items and receive funds.
“We are only one of two communities in the state that is running a recycling center the way we have been,” Mayor Rob Uhruh told the other members of the City Council at the November 20th meeting. Uhruh continued, “We are looking for a way to save money and be more cost effective.”
In the near future the center will be open for collection of with an attendant on duty, but has contracted with two firms, one will pickup garbage and haul it away while the second firm will handle and dispose of recyclable material and the city will pay those firms to dispose of all the material.
One item that the Council discussed was the handling of cardboard. Now it must be delivered to the center flat and they also talked about businesses being required to pay an additional cost.
During the Department head reports, City Clerk/Treasurer Sharon Rosenow informed the members of the council that the state has approved an eight percent increase in water rates and that will take effect in December.
During her report, City Library Director, Rochelle Karlson noted that they have 69 children enrolled in the Dolly Pardon event, and noted that the library’s total circulation was up to 935 and they had 869 walk ins during October.
The council approved the 2024 pay scale for the ambulance personnel which is the same as the current year, with EMTs getting $40.00 per hour while on runs and they received $3.50 per hour standby and up to $5.25 standby for holidays and $10.00 per hour for stand by at the fair, which is paid by the fair. The crew also receives $15.00 for washing the ambulance and if they write a grant they receive ten percent of the grant up to $500. The ambulance co-directors received an annual salary of $4,000 each.
The council also approved some repairs to the fire station including removing the carpet in the meeting room and adding a new finish to the floor and painting the meeting room, replace ceiling title that was damaged by a leaking hot water heater, repair lighting, and gutter and roof repair on the 24 year old building. An estimate cost of the work was put at $12,008.
In other action the council approved a renewal of the contract with Weber Inspections as the 2024 building inspector.
Appointed Kristine Giammattei to the library board, and approved operator’s licenses to Jessica J. Olson, Andrew J. Lawson and Lesley W. Schouten.
They also heard from the mayor about the Christmas lights on city streets. Mayor Uhruh noted those Christmas light are aging and are at the end of ether life and the city crew installed what was usable. “We will address those needs for next year, the mayor said.