By Peg Craig
The Osseo City Council met to select a solid waste collection hauler, consider changes to the building inspection fee rates, and to accept donations to city funds.
SOLID WASTE REMOVAL
At a previous meeting the City Council had approved a Request for Proposal (RFP) for garbage pick-up including organics recycling. The RFP said that proposals for a five year contract would be accepted until February 10. The five waste removal companies that responded were Curbside Waste, Randy’s Environmental Services, Republic Services, Walters Recycling and Refuse, and Waste Management. Representatives from each of the firms attended the meeting and made presentations to the Council. When asked for a committee recommendation, Councilman Mark Schultz said, “We had spent a tremendous amount of time getting everything in the RFP that we felt was really important and took what we had but also elevated it for our residents.” But he added, “I believe that anyone could do better in a free market competitive environment. I’m not going to vote for any of them because I don’t believe we should have unified garbage hauling”. Councilman Larry Stelmach said he had contacted the various haulers to ask about how yard wastes would be handled. He was concerned because “every time there is a change, not everyone responds well to it.” Councilman Harold E. Johnson said, “When I was campaigning I did not hear one person that objected to the type of refuse collection that we have in the city. I know we are getting a better price. It saves many vehicles traveling on our streets that would travel much more if we had more than one collector.” After additional discussion the council decided to contract with Randy’s Environmental Services which has been collecting in the city and gave the lowest price for the package. The details of the contract will be negotiated before the final terms are made public. The new contract will begin on May 1, 2017.
BUILDING INSPECTION FEES
Currently building inspections are done by Metro West Inspection Services. The full listing of inspection requirements and fees is on the city website. Metro West receives 32% of the fees and the city of Osseo retains the remainder to administer the permit process. Changes were suggested by Metro West to reflect the cost of the program and to match the charges for inspection services in nearby communities. They also wanted to add a charge for inspecting entry doors to be sure they meet state building requirements. The council felt that the definition of entry door needed to be clearer and decided not to raise the fees this year.
The council accepted donations from the Osseo American Legion Club, Duffy’s Bar and Grill, and the Osseo Lions Club for the Peace Officers Memorial Trip fund. They also accepted a gift to the Beautification/Flower fund from Harold and Gayle Johnson in memory of Gerald Getchell and David Sorenson.