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December 17, 2011
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Change in recycling

Martin County is getting a new recycling provider, Hometown Sanitation. One major change will be single-sort recycling. Everything from plastic and aluminum to cardboard and paper will go in 65-gallon carts that will be dropped off in January.

Hometown Sanitation will be advertising information on the new system, including how the cart system works and what the routes will be. We encourage everyone to pay attention.

Anyone who has not been using recycling can call (877) 545-4877 for more information or to receive a free cart. Whether you recycle or not, you pay for it, so you might as well make the most of it.

Balance clearly a must

Winnebago residents objected to repairs of First Street Southeast this week. The project mainly involves utility work underneath the street, but that didn't comfort citizens who feel they cannot shoulder the burden of the costs.

Residents say people are leaving town, some because of high taxes, and the remaining populace cannot afford to bear the price for such upgrades. City officials counter that if the infrastructure is not maintained, more people will leave and no one will want to move into town.

Balance, then, is needed. The city needs to be prudent in planning repairs and paying for them.

We wish them the best

Two longtime public servants are stepping down in Blue Earth. We wish to thank Dale Brandsoy, superintendent at Blue Earth Area Schools, and Bill Sayre, the city engineer in Blue Earth, for their service, expertise and commitment to their respective posts.

People who work in high-profile public positions take on a lot of responsibility and can catch a lot of grief from citizens who don't like certain decisions. Public officials like Brandsoy and Sayre have handled themselves admirably as they worked for the long-term good of the school and city. We wish them well.



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