ARMSTRONG - The Armstrong City Council at its meeting Monday night agreed to go ahead and ask for formal bids on a garbage truck and containers.
Before the vote, council member Warran Haeckel said he didn't think the council should vote without member Jon Larsen present. Larsen had previously opposed getting bids for the truck.
However, Mayor Marv Dailey pushed the issue, saying the council had been weighing for a year and a half whether it should go into the garbage business rather than use the services of Waste Management. "Yes or no. Are we going to go with garbage?" Dailey asked.
"What are we looking for tonight," said council member Adrian Hagebock, asking for clarification.
"To go with garbage," said Dailey.
Dailey noted the city had received two bids with an option in which the city would furnish the truck. The truck with compactor would run about $140,000, and with containers, the total is estimated at under $200,000, Dailey said.
City clerk Connie Thackery said there are three possible vendors that could handle recycling - in Estherville, Gruver and Emmetsburg. "They talked the same as what we're paying now," Thackery said.
Council member Dave Grussing moved that the city move forward with buying a garbage truck and containers pending receipt of bids by Feb. 18.
"The only reason for doing this is so we have the money to pay a second man," Thackery said of the maintenance department. She said the garbage route would take up two days a week of the second person's wages.
In other business, the council approved appointing Tom Elliott to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The council also agreed to apply to the Emmet County Community Foundation for a $10,000 grant for shelter house repairs. Chuck's Roofing and Siding of Ceylon, Minn. had given a $12,000 quote for a metal roof or $8,500 for asphalt.
The council also approved a highway right-of-way application and agreement with Alliant Energy which is installing a natural gas pipeline along Highway 9 for the Halfa feed mill.
The council also approved a beer license refund for Casey's which closed for several months before reopening its new store last Friday.