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Rugby to get new garbage service

By Staff | Jun 11, 2018

Starting in 2019, a different vendor will collect Rugby garbage.

During a regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall, the Rugby City Council voted to award a contract for garbage collection services to Circle Sanitation, of Minot.

For five years, Circle Sanitation will provide the city with residential curbside garbage and rubbish removal; a 96-gallon tote for residents; four 30-yard roll-offs for citywide cleanup events; 10 roll-off container loads per year for compost at no additional charge (dumps over 10 would be charged a fee of $375 plus landfill costs per load); and free garbage removal for organized churches, not including those that provide daycare services.

Residents would be charged $17.75 per month for the first two years of the contract, and $18.50 per month for years three, four and five. For the monthly rate, residents would be provided one tote. Additional totes would cost $5 extra per month in years one and two and $5.50 per month in years three, four and five.

Bids from both Circle Sanitation and Waste Management were opened during the May regular meeting. Waste Management’s bid was a monthly residential amount for a 96-gallon container for $13.95, with an additional 96-gallon container costing $5 per month and a yearly three percent increase in services.

The city is currently under contract with Rugby Sanitation for garbage collection. That contract is set to expire Dec. 31, 2018, and Rugby Sanitation said to the city it would not rebid the contract.

Other actions

– The council approved Rugby Job Development Authority financials and board meeting minutes.

The council also met with JDA Executive Director Jessica Brossart to discuss correspondence from Craig Zachmeier regarding the JDA’s involvement in a Main Avenue project related to the Main Street Initiative. Zachmeier said in a letter addressed to JDA board and council members that he was not against the Main Street Initiative but was against the JDA’s involvement in the initiative when its legal purpose was job development. Zachmeier also said in the letter he would like a legal opinion from City Attorney Bill Hartl to clarify his stance.

Hartl said his opinion was that JDA funds or resources should not go to the project.

Brossart said her involvement in the project would continue on a volunteer basis.

– The council spoke with Wade Senger, regional vice president, Interstate Engineering, to discuss progress on phase two of improvement projects at the city’s water treatment plant as well as the raw water main project. In a related motion, the council approved a resolution to file for a loan under the Clean Water Act with the N.D. Department of Health for financing for the latter project.

– The council approved special event retail alcoholic beverage permit applications for the Rugby Eagles for alcohol sales at the Pierce County Fair; and Steven Mattern (Northside Lounge) for a wedding at the Memorial Hall on June 30.

– The council approved a gaming site authorization for the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association, with pull tabs at Dakota Farms and pull tabs, raffles, paddlewheel and bingo at Northside Lounge.

– The council approved a raffle permit for Pierce County 4-H to be held at the American Legion.

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