Smaller garbage, recycling cans ordered

Fort Dodge City Council members responded to complaints about the size of the new solid waste containers by ordering a batch of smaller ones Monday night.

The council voted unanimously to buy 150 45-gallon containers from Otto Environmental Systems, of Charlotte, N.C., for $7,485. They will be delivered in about 30 days.

Half of the new containers will be for garbage and half will be for recycling materials.

Just how the new containers will be distributed remains to be determined. City Manager David Fierke said the council will have a workshop discussion next month to figure that out. The options, he said, are to distribute them on a first-come, first-served basis, or to develop some criteria based on a resident’s need for a smaller container.

Councilman Jeffrey Halter has previously suggested that elderly and disabled residents be given first priority for the smaller containers.

Each of the city’s roughly 8,400 sanitation customers received two 95-gallon containers in January as the Public Works Department switched to a new collection method that relies on trucks with mechanical arms to pick up both garbage and recycling materials. Last spring, city officials began receiving complaints from residents who said the containers are too big.

Also on Monday, the council hired Kolacia Construction, of Fort Dodge, to improve the bleachers at the two main softball diamonds and the main baseball diamond at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. The company will be paid $590,000.

The project will include new aluminum planking, guard rails and fences at all three diamonds. Also, new grandstands and press boxes will be constructed at the two softball diamonds.

In other business Monday, the council:

  • Hired McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge, to design the riverfront trail Second Avenue South connection at a cost of $41,650.
  • Hired Webster Glass, of Fort Dodge, to replace 10 windows in the firehouse, 1515 Central Ave., at a cost of $16,500.