Recycler contract talks continue

recyclingThe discussion by the Mille Lacs County Board about the county’s new recycling contractor apparently isn’t over.

Back in December, when the contract was awarded to a different contractor from the one that had served the county for 18 years, the debate between commissioners about who should get the bid seemed to end.

The contract was awarded to J. Vanderpoel, Inc., Milaca, over Jim’s Mille Lacs Disposal, Milaca, on a 4-1 vote, Commissioner Phil Peterson voting against the motion.

Peterson said then he understood the county might save about $9,000 over the life of the three-year contract but he didn’t think the county should switch contractors.

On Tuesday of last week, at a work session of the Mille Lacs County Board after the regular meeting was concluded, there was another discussion about the new contract.

“I’ve had nothing but grief over this whole thing,” said Peterson as the discussion began.

After Peterson listed some complaints, County Administrator Roxy Traxler asked Peterson if he had complaints in writing.

Peterson answered, “No,” but said there had been a lot of complaints about the new contractor.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Feb. 28 print edition of the Times.