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Vote expected on revised solid waste ordinance

An issue the Mower County Board of Commissioners has spent more than a year investigating and addressing could be coming to a vote this week.

The board is scheduled to discuss and likely vote on its revised solid waste ordinance at its regular 1 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the basement board room of the Mower County Government Center, 210 First St. NE, Suite 9.

The ordinance is scheduled for around 2 p.m.

The board held a public hearing last month, and it opted to wait on a vote for a few tweaks and review of any changes by the county’s solid waste committee.

The county will most likely approve the new ordinance at the meeting, according to County Coordinator Craig Oscarson.

The board will most likely take three actions: approve the Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR), approve the ordinance, and approve the fee structure.

The new document is over 160 pages and has been studied and written over the past two years. Jurisdiction, licensing, transporting, abatement, storage, landfills, composting and other scenarios are all covered in the new document. Attorney Scott Anderson and consultant Dave Lucas of Sherburne County joined county staff, planning and zoning, commissioners, and members of the solid waste committee, in creating the new ordinance.

Creating a new ordinance was sparked when the county was approached by SKB Environmental, who operates two landfills in the county.

The company is seeking the creation of a new landfill to handle municipal waste near Mapleview. The county did not want to address the issue until a new ordinance, that would address all issues related to landfills and solid waste, was created.
In other business, the board will discuss:

—The board will discuss four conditional use permits, including a dog kennel request in Waltham Township, a commercial greenhouse in Windom Township and more.