Sheldon city council

Sheldon mayor Greg Geels asks one of the council members a question during the city council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

SHELDON—De Kruif Disposal and Schwarz Sanitary Service will present their reasons to remove the recycling container in the parking lot of the Sheldon Community Services Center during the Sheldon City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The public also has a chance to voice their opinion on the situation after the two garbage hauling companies make their presentation to the council, followed by council discussion and direction.

De Kruif Disposal and Schwarz Sanitary Service of Sheldon sent a letter to the city in late August proposing the removal of the container for a period of Oct.1-Dec. 21. The two haulers recommend the move to promote more use of curbside recycling, which both companies offer to residents and commercial customers in Sheldon.

The proposal was mentioned during city manager Sam Kooiker’s report to the council on Sept. 1 so it would be its radar. The council will take action Wednesday.

De Kruif Disposal is in charge of emptying the recycling container and reported it is emptied two to three times per week at a discounted rate of $75 each time.

The container was purchased by the city on May 2011 at a cost of $5,806 and the annual costs have increased from $1,750 in the fiscal year 2011-12 to $8,025 in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

In a memo to the council, Kooiker said there are three main factors that have caused the increase in use for the recycling container.

The first is a loss of other options for cardboard recycling. Love In the Name of Christ used to haul cardboard to a center in Mason City, but that service is no longer being offered in Mason City, causing the cardboard program to end. Love INC still accepts paper for recycling.

It was stressed during the council meeting on Sept. 1 that both garbage haulers can pick up cardboard as part of the curbside recycling and it can be placed by the recycling container.

The other two reasons are large volume increases due to the coronavirus pandemic and the increase of shipping along with the container becoming a “regional recycling center.”

“The latter point is understandable since we are also a regional economic center,” said Kooiker in the memo. “However, the volumes have reached the point where sustainability is a question.”

He included three options for the council to consider in the memo:

  • Grant the haulers’ request and remove the container Oct. 1-Dec. 21 and supplement the haulers’ efforts with signage and other methods to encourage curbside and business recycling. The container would be placed back during the holiday season.
  • De Kruif Disposal is willing to host the container on its yard at 300 N. Second Ave. on a trial basis. The container would be moved on Oct. 1 and the city would continue to pay for emptying the container. The container would be for local use only for customers of the two hauling companies.
  • Grant the haulers’ request and decide later if the container should be removed again.

Kooiker is recommended either option one or two.

The contracts for De Kruif Disposal and Schwarz Sanitary Service expire on July 31. The contracts will be discussed at future council meetings.

The council also will discuss an expansion for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.

Fifteen of the 20 members of the water system are hooked up and Sheldon is scheduled to start receiving water from Lewis & Clark in 2024.

Lewis & Clark produces 45 million gallons a day and in an expansion agreement to the council, executive director Troy Larson is proposing increasing the capacity to 60 million gallons a day.

Sheldon is scheduled to receive 1.3 million gallons a day from Lewis & Clark once hooked up. The proposed expansion would increase that to almost 2 million gallons a day.

Larson said an expansion agreement is being circulated among all 20 members of the regional water system.

There also will be a closed session to discuss the opportunity for the city to purchase property. Any purchase would be subject to disclosure on a future council agenda.

This closed session is unrelated to the one during the Sept. 1 meeting when the council decided to continue negotiations regarding the potential sale of the former Budd-Z’s Sports Bar & Grill and Rec Center property at 104 N. Third Ave.

In other agenda items, the council is expected to consider:

  • Certified pay estimate No. 5 of $192,081.26 for the 2021 street improvements.
  • A resolution approving engagement agreement for amendment No. 1 to the Prairie Trails urban revitalization plan and amendment No. 2 to the Trilogy multiresidental urban revitalization plan.
  • A resolution authorizing the termination of a billboard lease in a city parking lot between Second and Third avenues and Eighth and Ninth streets.
  • A resolution setting a hearing for the contract for development/conveyance of the former West 11th Street right of way.
  • Approval of a dram shop insurance change for Brady’s Pub.
  • Approval of a beer permit renewal for the Crossroads Travel Plaza.