Lincolnville to maintain recycling bin

Staff writer

Lincolnville City Council members agreed Monday to continue to provide recycling to city residents, even if the city has to deliver the items to the transfer station itself.

Council members were upset that the county commission did not give them official notice of the cutoff date before the recycling program stopped. The council found out when it received a two-month bill of $274 from the recycling company.

The council decided to withhold payment in hopes that the county will pay the bill. Commissioner Dan Holub, who attended Monday’s meeting, told the council to contact transfer station director Rollin Schmidt about the matter.

Holub said the county hasn’t given up on recycling. He said a meeting would be held May 28 with city officials from around the county about possible single-stream recycling (no sorting). He said the transfer station could be scheduled to take the unsorted recyclables once a week or so.

“The transfer station doesn’t have the employees or time to sort recyclables,” he said.

Councilman Joe Vinduska suggested that the city build its own recycling bin that could be hauled to the transfer station using a city-owned truck.

Ball field getting updates

City maintenance employee Troy Peterson received approval to hire Jones Electric of Herington to replace burned-out lights at the baseball diamond at a cost of $70 for a bucket truck and $60 an hour for labor.

Sherri Pankratz reported she is working on a scoreboard. She received approval in April to spend up to $1,000 for powering and installing it. The exact location has yet to be decided.

Personnel actions

City Clerk Sabrina Carson administered the oath of office to returning mayor Barb Kaiser, returning council member Cristina Peterson, and new council member Jane Pigorsch. Pigorsch replaces Kristen Ebaben, who did not run again.

Kaiser appointed Clay Simons as treasurer and Carson as city clerk for the next fiscal year.

Peterson was appointed to head a joint community building committee and city events/ celebrations committee.

The mayor appointed Pigorsch to lead the city’s grant applications and administrations.

According to Peterson, the community building floor was redone by Supreme Floor Company in Hillsboro for $576.

The board approved payment of an insurance premium of $8,499.

They voted to give the Centre Future Business Leaders of America a $500 donation toward their trip to the national convention in Anaheim, Calif., in June. Twelve members qualified.

Streets chairman Mark Pagenkopf received approval to spend up to $500 to purchase four tons of cold mix from the county, to fill potholes in city street.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 3 at city hall.

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