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October 20, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Prairieland cuts fees

The Prairieland waste facility in Truman has gone through some important changes that could improve its future viability. Those changes paid dividends for taxpayers this week when the facility's owners - Martin and Faribault County - lowered annual service fees collected to fund the site. Starting Jan. 1, fees to businesses will fall from $115 to $69 per year. Fees to homes will drop from $47 to $28.

Prairieland is paid off, finally, and has stopped trying to make a product nobody wanted, namely compost. Instead it is involved in turning waste into fuel for power.

The Prairieland experiment has been far from perfect, but things are now moving in the right direction.

Questions need answers

We appreciate the oversight displayed by Faribault County commissioners this week. They are concerned about paying for overnight stays for employees attending one-day training seminars. They ask: Why not simply drive up the day of the event?

Of course, there could be legitimate reasons for an overnight stay. Perhaps the seminar is held so far away that driving up the same day puts a burden on employees, who attend these kinds of seminars in order to do their jobs better and maintain certifications. Commissioners say they want to hear firsthand what the reasons might be.

Consider attending forum

For anyone in the Fairmont Area School District with doubts or questions about the upcoming operating referendum, we encourage them to attend one of the remaining listening sessions:?9 a.m. today or 10 a.m. Monday at Fairmont Elementary School. Another session is slated 6 p.m. Thursday at Ceylon City Hall.

The first session offered a lot of good insight into how the school decided to put a referendum in front of voters, how students will be affected if the levy fails, and how taxpayers will be affected if it succeeds.

School officials and community groups are doing all they can to make sure citizens are informed about this vote critical to the school's future. We hope that skeptics, at the very least, will take some time to revisit the issues at hand.



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