City Council recycles recycling proposal

Oskaloosa Fire Figher Dustin Hook is sworn in by Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt.

Oskaloosa Fire Figher Dustin Hook is sworn in by Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt. (photo by Ginger Allsup)

By Charlie Comfort

Oskaloosa, Iowa- A subcommittee of the Oskaloosa City Council considered a proposal to start a citywide curbside recycling service in Oskaloosa on Monday after Midwest Sanitation sent a proposal to the City of Oskaloosa.

At a September meeting of the Mahaska County Solid Waste Commission, Midwest Sanitation was the only company to bid on providing recycling services for Mahaska County. Among the options presented to the Solid Waste Commission at that time was a curbside recycling in each of the incorporated communities in the County. As the Solid Waste Commission cannot make decisions for each incorporated community, the Commission asked each individual community to provide a response to the Commission, regarding the bid, by November.

For Oskaloosa, the council subcommittee considered a bid that would enact citywide curbside recycling, with Midwest Sanitation being the provider. It was noted during the meeting that this would essentially be an extension of their current services. Right now, any Midwest Sanitation customer in Oskaloosa has recycling services offered every other week through Midwest Sanitation. The proposal would extend that service citywide to all residents of Oskaloosa.

Council member Steve Burnett vocally opposed the proposal, saying it was redundant and would be a burden on the taxpayers. He and Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt both noted that Oskaloosa City Code currently mandates that licensed haulers also provide recycling services at least semi-monthly.

Ultimately, the council subcommittee did not take action, and by general consensus agreed that the proposal was not in the City’s best interest, a viewpoint that will be communicated to the Mahaska County Solid Waste Commission.

Dustin Hook was sworn in as Oskaloosa’s newst firefighter.

Recognized for their efforts, area first responders received recognition in helping to save a life. Mahaska 911 telecommunicator  Janel Legvold helped to instruct the caller in lifesaving measures. Oskaloosa Police Officers Gideon Kluge and Lt. Jacob Vanderpol were also recognized for their work in helping to save a life.

At a regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council, held after the subcommittee meeting, it was business as usual as the council considered several routine items:

• A resolution accepting a bid and conveying city-owned land at 207 North G Street was considered. The bid was from Wyndell Campbell, who bid $10,000 for the property, with the intent to provide over 4,200 square feet of retail and office space, with no city incentives.
• An ordinance establishing a no-parking zone along the North side of K Ave West near the corner of K Ave West and North Market Street in Oskaloosa.
• An ordinance amending city code regarding water service connections and meter valves. The ordinance is in response to a lawsuit suggesting noncompliance.

The next meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council will be held on October 15, at 6 pm in the City Council chambers.

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