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Lyon County awards recycling contract

May 16, 2012
By Deb Gau , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Several bid-related items came before the Lyon County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday, but commissioners didn't opt to act on all of them. While commissioners moved to award a bid for residential recycling services, it did not take action on another group of bids received for a new grandstand roof at the county fairgrounds. Commissioners said the cost of other structural repairs should be researched as well as the roof replacement.

Lyon County Environmental Administrator Paul Henriksen presented commissioners with two bids for a residential recycling contract from 2013-2017. Waste Management bid $25,683 per month for single-sort curbside pickup, and Southwest Sanitation, Inc. bid $21,389 per month. Henriksen said the Southwest Sanitation bid also included options for recycling collection every other week or weekly, with no change in the bid price.

A letter accompanying Southwest Sanitation's bid said being awarded the bid would also result in an expansion of facilities and jobs for the business.

Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of awarding the Southwest Sanitation bid. Commissioner Steve Ritter said he had no financial connection to the bidding companies, but he abstained from voting.

In discussion, commissioners also said they would consider the possibility of moving to a weekly recycling pickup instead of every other week.

Later at the meeting, Lyon County Public Works Director Suhail Kanwar and Carol Oakland of engineering firm I&S Group presented commissioners with roofing bids for the grandstand at the county fairgrounds, as well as a structural assessment of the grandstand. The county received three bids for the roofing work. Laraway Roofing, Inc. of New Ulm had the lowest bid for replacing the roof, at $53,730. Kanwar said the county was still getting estimates to update electrical work at the grandstand.

A structural assessment of the grandstand found some cracking in concrete columns at the north and south ends of the grandstand, as well as fire damage to a third column. Oakland said it was recommended that the county repair or replace the columns.

In discussion, commissioners questioned whether it would make more sense to make structural repairs at the same time as the roof replacement. Ritter asked what it would cost to do the concrete work. While commissioners did not take action to award a roofing bid, they directed Kanwar to look at cost estimates for structural repairs to the grandstand.

In other business Tuesday, Lyon County Sheriff Mark Mather also updated commissioners on the possibility of a temporary law enforcement contract with the city of Balaton. Mather said he and Commissioner Rick Anderson attended a Balaton City Council meeting on Monday, where there was "pretty frank discussion" about contracting with the sheriff's department. Balaton has been without city police since January, he said, but it has been difficult for deputies to cover the city.

Mather said a consensus was reached with the Balaton Council to enter a temporary law enforcement contract through the end of 2012. The contract would be for 30 patrol hours a week, at a cost of $4,700 per month. Mather said two part-time deputies would patrol Balaton, instead of adding personnel at the sheriff's department. The contract could be reviewed in the fall, when the county is going through its budget process.

Commissioners approved entering the contract.



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