Sep 26, 2012 at 6:06 am
SAUK RAPIDS, MN (KNSI) - The city of Sauk Rapids is making the move to a single-hauler garbage collection system, and soon they'll be meeting with local garbage haulers to determine the policies and procedures that system will have.
City Administrator Ross Olson says a letter was sent Tuesday to the four garbage haulers that are licensed to do business in the city. The letter invites them to an October 17th meeting with city staff at the Sauk Rapids Government Center.
Olson says that meeting will include discussion on how a single-hauler system will operate. They'll talk about everything from the size of garbage cans, to the frequency of garbage pickup, and whether a customer can suspend service if they're going to be out of town for a long period of time. A follow-up meeting will be held October 30th, and once policies and procedures are drawn up, they'll go to the Sauk Rapids City Council for approval.
Following the policy determination, garbage haulers will be allowed to submit bids for the contract. Olson says he doesn't expect the single-hauler system to be operational any earlier than next summer. Supporters of the move say a single-hauler system will result in less wear and tear on city streets, and a safer environment for pedestrians.