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  • Clarkfield considers concrete tipping fee

  • The Clarkfield City Council is considering a tipping fee for concrete disposal after an influx of projects and accumulation.
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    The Clarkfield City Council is considering a tipping fee for concrete disposal after an influx of projects and accumulation.
    “We don’t charge a tipping fee for concrete and that is actually a cost to the city,” Interim Public Works Director Tom Rolla said.
    Rolla pointed out that a fee is in place for trees that are brought in from out of town, when disposal of trees essentially costs the city the price of starting a fire.
    Concrete, by Rolla’s estimation, costs a flat $4,000 to $5,000 just to bring in a crusher, let alone the cost per ton of material to be crushed.
    The council agreed to have Rolla look into how much other towns charge, but grandfather in ongoing projects in Clarkfield that may be expecting free disposal.
    “I’m with you that we should be charging, since there is a cost to the city for disposal,” Council member Neil Linscheid said. “We should set that up for future projects.”
    In other news
    • The first hearing on the property that was petitioned to be detached from Clarkfield will be held on September 3. Mayor Gene Kockleman declared a special meeting for that morning so that a quorum could be present. No actions or decisions will be made, as a judge will just be reading statements and answering questions at that time.
    • The Clarkfield Post Office held a meeting to discuss possible office hour changes. The tentative change is to be open for six hours, from roughly 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., although the new hours have not been set.
    The lobby will now be open 24 hours a day, and those who receive parcels will have the parcel box key placed in their mailbox for pickup at anytime. While it adds convenience, some business still cannot be done without a clerk present.
    “A fact of life is that I could do more business if it was open after work,” Linscheid said. “Many other people in town are in the same situation.”

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