Laporte will soon have a new county recycling collection site.

Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte said the new owners of The WoodShed, formerly known as 3rd Base Bar and Grill, asked the county to remove the existing recycling container.

Holte told county commissioners at their Sept. 7 meeting that he’s been working with Laporte officials to find an alternative location.

At the intersection of County 39 and State Hwy. 200, Holte said there is property owned by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

“It’s just an extended right-of-way there,” he said.

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Holte presented a five-year lease agreement with MnDOT, seeking county board approval. The .19-acre parcel is vacant commercial land. The lease would run through June 30, 2026.

Holte said the containers will be picked up and monitored twice a week. Six-foot high, chainlink fencing will be installed to ensure debris is contained within the lease area. To stabilize the site, Holte said crushed concrete will be added.

Holte said MnDOT is not charging any lease fees since it’s strictly for public use.

The county board unanimously approved the lease.

In related business, the board did as follows:

  • Agreed to auction off approximately 400 used recycling totes and barrels. Thanks to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency grant, Holte said the totes and barrels were replaced with roll-off containers.

  • Tabled the purchase of a replacement 12-foot Typhoon Slide from Miracle Recreational Equipment Co., including freight and installation for $11,067. County Land Commissioner Chip Lohmeier said his department noticed cracks in the plastic molding surrounding the support post this spring. The board asked Lohmeier to gather more information.

  • Approved the purchase of two Trimble TDC600s to replace two GPS units. The units, with a subscription to TerraFlex Advanced, training and one year of tech support from Frontier Precision totals $4,526. The annual subscription is $400 per unit.