Cost more for your trash


Twenty-four additional dollars a year.
The proposed increase in cost for trash pick-up in Flandreau isn’t necessarily something City Council members want to pass along to residents. But as the city’s costs rise, per a new rate increase from the trash collection provider, the sentiment is that it’s necessary and still lower than the cost in so many other cities.
Currently, the city bills $15.50 for a weekly trash service provided by Eng Services and a bi-weekly recycling pick-up. The proposed new amount for 2022 will rise to $17.50, but that amount could yet change.
A resolution will be presented at the next Council meeting to set that new fee for residential charges.
Also heard at the last City Council meeting in Flandreau:
A resolution to increase wages for full-time City staff at the rate of the annual cost of living increase, which is 3.5%. The resolution passed.
A motion to approve an interim pay increase for Randy Wilts for additional duties he’s taken on in regard to the position of Water and Wastewater Supervisor. Wilts has overseen several major incidents including water main breaks and flooding issues. The motion passed. “We’re lucky to have him in there,” said Councilman Brad Bjerke. “Fortunately he’s the kind of guy that doesn’t say, ‘That’s not my job.’ But rather, ‘What can I do to help.’”
New Flandreau City Patrol Officer Raleigh Burk was officially introduced to council members by Sgt. Rob Neuenfeldt. Burk shared information with Council regarding his experience and background.
An update on the Fire Station loan application for funding. An existing Sales Tax Revenue Bond will need to be paid off approximately two years prior to maturity in 2025 in order to fund future loan payments for the new Fire Station.
Council went into executive session early in the evening to discuss the situation surrounding the Finance Officer position. The current Finance Officer, Karen Gundvaldson, has resigned from the City and officials have yet to find a replacement. Gundvaldson plans to stay on part-time to help where it’s needed. However, her departure, and the challenge some additional retirements in the coming months may pose to the city and future operations, is a concern.

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