Council to vote on agreement to set rates for new recycling company contract


Millennium Recycling, Inc., a recycling company with a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sioux Falls, is where the city is seeking to haul the recyclable materials. According to Public Works Director Kyle Croce, the agreement rate being considered would require the city of Mitchell to pay Millennium Recycling $35 per ton for processing the recyclable materials that are hauled to the Sioux Falls facility.

Single-stream recycling occurs when participants place all recyclable items in a bin or cart, and the items are then collected and transported to a MRF where they’re sorted and processed.

Under the new recycling method, the city will be responsible for collecting recyclable items from participating residences to transport them to Millennium’s Sioux Falls processing facility. According to Croce’s council document, an estimated maximum total of 2,400 tons of recyclable items could be collected in 2020, which equates to 240 trips between Mitchell and Sioux Falls at $400 per trip. That would bring the city’s total fee to roughly $96,000 for 2020.

The city will also be distributing larger recycling carts to all its residents in the near future, which would be equipped with rolling wheels similar to the city’s existing garbage bins. On Monday, the council will also be voting on the approval of the city purchasing 7,000 recycling carts, 5,000 of which would 96-gallon carts and the other 2,000 of which would be 64-gallon carts.

The recycling transition came after the city examined whether to renew its existing contract with Dependable Recycling, the company the city has contracted with for recycling collection since 2005. The city has been paying the Aberdeen-based sanitation company $23,800 per month, and a number of residents have expressed a myriad of issues they’ve had with the company not collecting enough recyclable items that have been placed in the bins. The city’s contract with Dependable Recycling expires Dec. 31,and it will not be renewed.

As of now, a $4 recycling fee is mandatory for all Mitchell residents, and participation is voluntary. At previous council meetings, Croce has stated switching to a single-stream recycling method is in part designed to boost recycling participation numbers in the city, helping improve the life expectancy of the city landfill.

The recycling participation rate sits at 26 percent for Mitchell residents, but at a July council meeting, Croce said his goal is to increase that number to roughly 50 percent in the near future.

Consent agenda

The following items will be considered as part of the consent agenda:

  • Approve the minutes of the Oct. 21 council meeting.

  • Approve the minutes of the Oct. 15 Planning Commission meeting.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: Mitchell Technical Institute Rodeo Team with the drawing to be held on Dec. 13, 2019; American Legion Post 18 with the drawing to be held on Mar. 31, 2020.

  • Set the date for the following bid openings: Nov. 13, 2019, for ice bumper cars and equipment project No. 2020-7; Nov. 13, 2019, a rebid for the Mitchell Airport snow removal project No. 2019-53R.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: Nov. 18, 2019, an application to transfer RL-5764 retail (on-sale) liquor license from Bates Enterprises doing business as Brew Parlor, 112 N. Main St., Mitchell to TEAM Haus Inc. doing business as Northside Sinclair, 1905 N. Main St.

  • Approve automatic supplement to the Parks and Recreation Department’s special revenue fund in the amount of $13,888 for replacing a mosquito fogger. The supplement comes from a mosquito control (West Nile) grant.

  • Approve automatic supplement to the Parks and Recreation Department’s special revenue fund in the amount of $800 for skates used at open skate, which was a donation.

  • Approve change order No. 1 D&D Long’s addition utility extensions project No. 2019-31 to Metro Construction.

  • Approve the Nov. 8 street closure for North Harmon Drive and North Ohlman Street

  • Approve Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 gas and fuel quotations.

  • Pledge of Allegiance, receive invocation from Harvest Community, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Hold second reading of garbage collection ordinance change that seeks to require all Mitchell residents, excluding commercial accounts with over 8 units and residents who are grandfathered in with their existing private hauler, to pay for city garbage collection.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold the following hearings: Mark Bigelow, Partner MRS, LLC and EIG Palace Mall owner’s application for a conditional use permit to construct self-service storage facility buildings with various compartment sizes, ranging from 50 to 400 square feet, for household and commercial storage located at 1801 N. Main St., aka the Palace Mall. The real property is zoned a Highway Oriented Business District in the city of Mitchell; Steven and Leann Jendersee’s application for a backyard variance of 3 feet vs. 5 feet for constructing an addition to their existing detached garage located at 123 S. Mentzer St. The real property is zoned (R2) Single Family Residential District in the city of Mitchell.

  • Hold hearing and take action for the following application: Ronald Fessler’s application for a side-yard corner variance of 10 feet vs. 20 feet as required and a backyard variance of 22 feet vs. 25 feet as required for constructing an addition and garage at 1107 W. Seventh Ave., legally described as east half of lot 1, block 3, Bracy’s Addition, city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve implementing a “no-passing zone” on West 23rd Ave. from North Main Street to the west property boundary of Graceland Cemetery.

  • Approve 2020 employee benefit rates.

  • Approve agreement to select Confluence as the construction administration and staking project leaders for Phase II of the Corn Palace Plaza.

  • Approve agreement No. A2019-49, to allow the city of Mitchell to transport recyclable material that will be collected from the city to Millennium Recycling, a Sioux Falls Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

  • Approve agreement No. A2019-50, the purchase of Toter 96 gallon cart and Toter 64 gallon carts from Wastequip Sourcewell for the city’s municipal recycling project.

  • Approve agreement No. A2019-51, SPN & Associates project to design the Dailey Drive lift station, which is estimated to cost roughly $1,200,000.

  • Approve agreement No. 2019-52, for the South Dakota Department of Transportation designing and constructing the Rowley Street and Interstate 90 bridge crossing.

  • Approve agreement No. A2019-53, proposal for consulting and design with confluence for hazard mitigation for Dry Run Creek.

  • Approve agreement No. A2019-54, Sunnyside and University additions storm water study project with McLaury Engineering. The $119,500 study project will focus on the drainage basin in the general area between Dry Run Creek south to Norway Avenue, and from Ohlman Street east to University Avenue.

  • Approve resolution to set fees for the city’s rideshare service companies. The rate for Transportation Network Companies would be a flat fee of $500, while the Vehicle for Hire Company (VFHC) would be $100 for an operation with one vehicle.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-83, a plat of lots 1 And 2 of Mirky’s Addition, in the south half of the southeast quarter of section 11, township 102 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-84, a plat of tract 1 of Jesse’s Addition in the southeast quarter of section 14, township 104 north, range 61 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County.

  • Approve Resolution No. 2019-86, appoint Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson as agent for FEMA hazardous mitigation application for the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-87, authorization of court action and retention for outside legal counsel. The resolution would allow the city of Mitchell to seek and retain a lawyer for the former property owners of a Main Street building who allegedly breached a settlement agreement with the city.

  • Hold second reading of Ordinance No. O2019-24, changing the zoning district classification of the Real Property legally described as lots 12 and 13, block 8, Applegate Addition, from Transportation, Warehousing, and Commercial (TWC) District to R2 Single Family Residential District, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Hold first reading on Ordinance No. O2019-25, supplemental appropriations.

  • Consider entering into an executive session, citing legal discussion.

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