JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The city of Jamestown will not have recycling come January 1st, 2018 after the city failed to approve extending subsidies to the Recycling Center of North Dakota Inc.
Ralph Friebel with the Recycling Center of North Dakota informed the Jamestown Finance & Legal committee that he had received funding from a bank by the November 21st deadline.
Friebel also informed the council that he has yet to sign the agreement between his company and the city due to some clerical errors. Friebel then informed the council that if he wanted to keep his doors open until the March 1st, 2018 curbside recycling implementation; he would need the city to provide two more months of the current subsidy.
Mayor Katie Andersen stated that the city had not budgeted for that.
Councilman Steve Brubakken reported that his constituents had continued to express their displeasure in not having curbside recycling yet.
City Administrator Jeff Fuchs stated that the city could not simply keep providing the subsidy.
Friebel stated that it would be fine if the city did not approve the subsidy through February 2018, but not doing so would force him to close the doors to the facility on December 31st. Mayor Andersen stated that it would cause issues.
Brubakken felt that if the subsidy weren’t approved and the doors were closed, the citizens would back the city up on that decision.
Councilman Ramone Gumke stated that if the council looked at how many people were upset, they would have the estimate of the amount of people who would be affected if the recycle center closed down for two months.
The city council voted 3 to 2 in opposition of providing the subsidy for the Recycling Center of North Dakota with Councilmembers Brubakken, Buchanan and Phillips voting in opposition.
The Recycling Center will close its doors December 31st, 2017 and reopen once curbside recycling is implemented on March 1st, 2018.
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