Independence OKs 7-year recycling contract

IndependenceCityHallThe Independence City Council, Tuesday, Feb. 11, approved a seven-year contract with Randy’s Environmental Services for single-sort residential recycling.

Contacted after the meeting, City Administrator Toni Hirsch said the contract will save the city money, and as a result, will save taxpayers money. In Independence, the city pays recycling fees using general fund money. Residents are not billed for the service.

Up until January, Independence residents were engaged in dual-sort recycling. After Jan. 1, Randy’s delivered single-sort recycling carts to residents, who will not be charged for the carts. Households can request additional carts if needed at no charge. They are dark brown with tan lids, which distinguish them from the all-brown garbage cans.

Recycling pickups will be every other week. Schedules are available at Independence City Hall at 1920 County Road 90, on the city website at, or by contacting Randy’s Environmental Services. Lids on the recycling carts display a list of what can and cannot be recycled.

The City Council also took up other business. Here are some meeting highlights.

As the meeting began, Linda Betts took her oath of office as a City Council member. She and Brad Spencer were re-elected to the council last fall.

Councilors discussed the process for seeking a replacement for Jim Smith, who is retiring from service on the board of directors of the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission. Independence has had two representatives, with Smith serving as a resident board member. Norm Wenck is serving in the capacity of an Independence City Council member.

Hirsch said Independence is looking for a resident who can start serving on the board immediately. Technical knowledge would be a plus for a board applicant. For information about the position, call Independence City Hall at 763-479-0527.

Turning to the subject of liquor licenses, the City Council renewed licenses for the Ox Yoke Inn, Pioneer Creek Golf Course and Windsong Farms Golf Club.

The Council also approved a resolution supporting Community Block Grant Funding from Hennepin County for senior citizens programs.

During the public comment part of the meeting, a resident of Lake Sarah Heights Drive expressed his concern about excess snow piled in his cul-de-sac. The snow is blocking his second driveway. He was told that the city is responsible only for keeping access open to his main driveway, the one that serves the main house. The resident also complained about excessive speed of recreational vehicles using the cul-de-sac.

The City Council will meet next at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Independence City Hall. Prior to that meeting, at about 6:15 p.m., city councils and planning commissions from Independence and Maple Plain will hold a joint session to discuss a proposed regional trail that would travel through both cities.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at [email protected]