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Council considers accepting LOW sewage

July 19, 2011

The Bremen Town Council heard an inquiry from Wastewater Superintendent Bill Reed regarding allowing a connection from Lake of the Woods.
Reed, a LOW Board member, asked if the town would be willing to allow the more than 300 properties to send their sewage to the town’s existing system. “The system there is about 20 years old and the life expectancy is 30 to 35 years,” he explained. Town officials at the July 11 meeting discussed whether the system would be able to handle the demand, what types of commitments it would take, and possible charges and costs to do so, though no specific numbers were offered.
Town engineer Larry Long said there were several additional factors to consider before making any commitment. “It depends on how they pump it,” he said, “and the strength. It’s good that its standard domestic waste rather than industrial.” Long said the refurbished system Bremen has is regularly improving and that treatment stability should be seen at some point in the near future to better project capabilities.
It was agreed to look further into the “feasibility” of the potential project.
A project that is already underway all over Bremen began July 5 when Allied Republic, Culver, began distributing waste recycling cans to customers. Bremen Director of Operations Rich Martin said the company requested that residents try the 96-gallon toters for 30 days before deciding if they would like to exchange it for the smaller, 64-gallon model.
“This is an ongoing process,” he said. “Some houses got two and others got none but the majority of them have been passed out. It (the toter) will be picked up weekly but residents don’t have to put it out weekly. Town attorney David Holmes inquired as to the number of complaints that had come in since the initial distribution of the recycling toters, and the answer he received was “more than 100.”
“It is upsetting to see how resistant we are to change,” Holmes commented. “That kind of negative reaction to something good is disappointing.” Martin agreed noting that the main reason for the change is to promote recycling so that the landfills will be less filled with items that can be reused.
Though papers explaining the proper use of the recycling toters were distributed with each one, Martin offered the following additional information: Items not to be included in the recycling or trash include electronic waste such as computers, televisions, radios, cell phones, faxes, printers, copiers or anything electronic that has circuits or keyboards.
Items that can be included are: Fans, vacuums, hair dryers, speakers, tools and most things without circuits or breakers. (To learn more call Key Waste Operations Manager Bob Stone at 574-842-4719 or 574-952-0857.)      
Martin also explained to the council that the county is working on a website so that building permits can be applied for online. He said it was also being looked into whether there could be a combining of permits so banner ads as legal advertisements don’t have to be put in publications individually.
Jennifer Laurent, Director of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) paid a visit to the council to remind those present about the services that the organization provides. She offered a document explaining in detail what she described as being the generalized explanation of her role as a “resource broker” and the organization’s initiative “to make Marshall County attractive to businesses.”
She said one reason businesses appreciate the area is that the employees have a higher standard of work ethic. “That makes one of our competitive strengths our work force,” she said, adding, “There are many regional resources available that Marshall County is reticent to be a part of or simply isn’t aware of.”
Laurent also said there are once-a-month business counseling sessions available for those looking for advice or instruction on how to start up a business within the county.

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