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Recycling containers to replace aging sheds

Hubbard County will replace four of its recycling sheds with 30-yard recycling roll-off boxes.

On a recommendation from Hubbard County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte, the Hubbard County Board approved a low quote of $26,780 from Pro-tainer, Inc. of Alexandria.

Holte said one of his goals is to improve the county's collection of recyclables. If they work well, he's considering transitioning all of the sheds into roll-off containers at community collection points. There are currently 14 locations.

"Each one of these containers, you can fit 25 to 30 yards of recycling materials where in the sheds you're looking at getting 5 to 10 cubic yards of material. It'll really cut down on the labor end for collecting recyclables and spread out collection so we don't have to go to these sites as often," Holte said. "The project is going to pay off in the long run."

The county recently purchased a hook truck, which can haul these containers, Holte added.

County commissioner Char Christenson asked if a position could be eliminated as a result. Holte replied it would simply be a more efficient use of current labor.

GIS interactive map

Commissioners previewed a new geographic information systems (GIS) interactive recreation map, which eventually will be on the county's website (

GIS technician Kevin Trappe demonstrated the map's functionality, such as allowing user to find parks, hiking/snowmobile/ATV/river trails, public water accesses, public campgrounds, swimming beaches, parking, picnic shelters and other amenities.

"This is going to be great," Christenson said, adding that the new Heartland Lakes branding logo should be placed on the map as well.

LED lighting

The board approved a low quote from Hansen Electric of Park Rapids, in the amount of $21,345, for LED lighting replacement at the county public works facility.

With rebates that are being offered, plus reduced electricity usage, the facility would recoup its money within three years or less, according to Public Works Administrator Jed Nordin.

"To us, it's a no-brainer. These LED fixtures are using a third, possibly a quarter, of what we're using now," Nordin said. The rebate is estimated at $4,146.

In related business, the county board did as follows:

• Approved a contract labor agreement with Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center for three client-workers who will perform recycling services as specified by Hubbard County Solid Waste Department.

• Approved a $2,100 quote from Lee Davis Electric, Inc. of Park Rapids for electrical work to relocate the recycling center compactor due to construction of the new south transfer station. Another quote of $2,074 was submitted, but Davis Electric made the original installation and is familiar with the system.

• Tabled action on a demolition quote for a house and garage at 10959 170th Street, Park Rapids until the July 3 board meeting, pending further review by Holte and Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier.

• Referred a forest road improvement and construction project in Section 19, Guthrie Township to the highway department for review and further recommendation.

• Approved a 2018 solid waste hauler license for G & T Sanitation, Inc., owned by Tim and Rita Nolte of Sebeka.

• Approved completion of corrective quit claim deed for Floyd and Judy Anderson in Section 25, Hendrickson Township.

• Authorized filling a new certified attendant I position.

• Approved timber appraisal reports for the July 9 timber auction.