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The Minot City Council approved on Dec. 21 funds to design a new entrance to the City Landfill and design a transfer facility, including a necessary water line, that would be used for a potential curbside recycling program.
Council approved spending $565,226 with CPS Engineering to design the recycling transfer station, design a new landfill entrance, design a new water line to the new transfer facility, and provide construction management services during construction. The new facility and entrance would be built off 37th Avenue Southwest, moving truck traffic from 20th Avenue Southwest, which runs through a residential neighborhood, to the five-lane 37th Avenue SW.
The total cost to implement a curbside recycling program is approximately $4.5 million. Council approved the engineering funds, but the funds for construction or equipment have not yet been approved by the Council.
Assistant Public Works Director Jason Sorenson provided information to the Council that detailed the costs associated with potentially implementing a curbside recycling program. The costs include $1.25 million for the transfer facility, $2.05 million for the new landfill entrance that includes new roads into the landfill, $565,226 for engineering, and nearly $700,000 for equipment and containers that residents would use for recycling.
Designing and eventually constructing the new entrance and the transfer facility is another step toward starting a City curbside recycling program, said Council member Carrie Evans.
“This is a follow-up to our Sept. 8 meeting as we decided we were going to go step-by-step with a curbside recycling program. This is step two,” Evans said. “This is for the design and engineering. We are not building anything right now. The design would come back to us probably in 2021 to take step three, which would be building this transfer facility and new entrance.”
Sorenson said the engineering and design work for the transfer facility and new entrance would take until approximately spring of 2021. The projects would then go out for bids, with construction beginning in mid-2021, and the curbside recycling program could be implemented near the end of 2022.