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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day by Being Responsible & Informed

 

Wednesday, April 22nd will mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!  It started back in 1970 with 20 million Americans recognizing environmental hazards, ignorance, and chemical spills. That action gave birth to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act, and it reminded us how important it is to practice the 3 Rs of Reduce, Re Use and Recycle.  We first learned how good we could do those things during WWII with our rubber, metal and paper drives to support the war effort, and then we kind of forgot about those things for a few decades until things started to smell and get out of control.

So here we are today with 50 years of all that experience behind us to guide us and give us a course of action.  So what should we do to celebrate the day – plant trees and prairie gardens, compost food waste, clean up a river, lake or park or our neighborhoods – yes, absolutely!  Be sure to do it safely, while practicing social distancing – seriously! 

Planting trees and prairie gardens are always a fun family activity and it is nice to have more birds, bees and butterflies around – except when birds want to build nests in my porch…  Composting can also be a rewarding activity as long as you are vigilant, educated and responsible otherwise you will get a boomerang of smells, bugs and raccoons back at you.  The Minnesota Composting Council or the University of Minnesota Extension are great places to start.

Rivers, lakes, parks and neighborhood clean ups are also fun activities and great exercise.  The recent spring winds have had lots of fun with our garbage and recycling carts both in town and out in rural areas so there is lots of plastic bags, bottles and cardboard I see in places they should not be. So let’s take some time or make some time to clean those items up, as they tend to pile up over time.

How about recycling… of course!  Believe it or not, here in Minnesota there is still a need and a value for the basics of our recyclables.  We have the infrastructure of recycling facilities to sort our materials and manufacturing that needs recycled content in its products – call it the circular economy.  It is true that there is currently a glut of materials and low manufacturing due to Covid 19 but there still are end markets for the recycling basics, so let’s review them and remind ourselves of recycling etiquette. Most food and beverage containers that are glass, plastic and metal are recyclable.  Plastics #1, 2 and 5 are acceptable – everything else goes in the garbage, especially Styrofoam and film plastics. Metals – aluminum and steel, soda or soup containers are best – but take your metal car rotors and other heavy metal pieces to the salvage yard, as they are not household recyclables. Cardboard and mixed paper are always needed. Even your big boxes from your new grill or appliance that you bought with your stimulus check are great – as long as your remove the film plastic and Styrofoam AND break your boxes down to save room for the next person.  COVID 19 and sheltering in place has created more folks shopping on line and generating more trash and recyclables which has created more illegal dumping, contamination fees incurred Cities and Counties and over flowing recycling containers.  Take your recycling back home with you if your local recycling containers are full, I know it’s inconvenient but placing materials outside the containers is just like littering and results in someone else’s mess, time and money – so please be responsible.

For more recycling questions, please visit the Nicollet County Waste Wizard web site, the Tri County fb page, or call 507-381-9196 for your disposal / recycling questions.  Local hazardous waste facilities are now open by appointment only.  We are hopeful to have our annual tire, appliance, electronics collections in June so keep an eye open for updates.  Together – we can make every day – Earth Day!

 

Al Christensen

Tri County Solid Waste

Now Hiring

The City of Arlington is currently hiring new maintenance personnel.

Minimum Qualifications: Must possess a high school diploma or GED. One or more years of experience working in general maintenance and repair work, truck driving, and operation of various types of light and heavy equipment. Preferred Qualifications: Experience working for a city or county public works department. Experience in general maintenance/janitorial work, tree trimming and removal or construction. Conditions of Employment: Must maintain a primary residence within thirty (30) minutes’ drive to the contiguous city limits of Arlington driving under normal conditions and posted speed limits within six (6) months of employment. Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class “B” or higher Commercial Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain in one month of employment) and be able to drive. It is preferred the applicant possess and maintain a valid Special Engineer’s Boiler’s License (or the ability to obtain in one year of employment). Satisfactory completion of background investigation, physical examination and drug testing. Must comply with organizational and departmental policies. Must comply with data practices policies and standards relative to not public data. Any access to not public data should be strictly limited to accessing the data that are necessary to fulfill the employment responsibility. While data are being accessed, incumbent should take reasonable measure to ensure the not public data are not accessed by individuals without a work reason. Once the work reason to access the data is reasonably finished, the not public data must be properly stored according to city policy and Minnesota Statutes.

Salary: $17.32 – $21.07/hour plus benefits. For job description and required application, go on-line at www.arlingtonmn.com/careers or contact Arlington City Offices, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN 55307 – (507) 964-2378. Required application is due to the City Administrator no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2020. Interviews are scheduled for May 6, 2020. The City of Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

 

In order to recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week, the State of Minnesota will participate in special siren drills outside of the normal first Wednesday of the month. The sirens will be tested today at about 1:45PM as well as 6:45PM. For more information on tornado safety check out the National Weather Service page.

 

 

Michael Foods Produce Share

 

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the City of Arlington are working with Michael Foods to give away food products in the Community Center west parking lot on Wednesday April 15th, 3:00PM to 5:30PM. These food products are for everyone. There will be NO walk up traffic. All families will need to pull into the location in a vehicle.  A volunteer will then place a box/bag of products in the vehicle. We will be maintaining social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and ask that you do the same. If you know of people that are unable to make it to the event, but would benefit by receiving the food, please give their name and address to a volunteer. The food will be delivered to their door. 

 

Special thanks to those organizations and individuals that have helped to make this possible: 

Michael Foods
Michelle Battcher for donating masks 
Jerry’s HQF for donating gloves & bags
City of Arlington for parking lot use
Chamber of Commerce for organization & volunteers

City Council Opening

Due to the recent resignation of Tom Hatlestad, the Arlington City Council is seeking qualified candidates to fill the open City Councilmember position.  The City Council is looking for an individual to fill the remaining term starting July 1, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2020. To be eligible, an individual must be a United States citizen, a resident of the City of Arlington, and at least 18 years old. 

Regular meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month. There are occasional additional meetings for workshops or special meetings, as needed. In addition to the council meetings, there are also committees that meet on a regular basis (frequency dependent upon the committee needs) on other nights of the week. 

Those interested should submit a Letter of Interest on why you would like to serve on the City Council along with their resume to City Administrator Amy Newsom, 204 Shamrock Drive, Arlington, MN  55307 or anewsom@arlingtonmn.com by 5:00PM on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. 

The Council will interview candidates at a Council work session on Monday, May 18, 2020.

 

Emergency Assistance for Child Care Providers

As part of their COVID-19 Response Supplemental Budget proposal, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan proposed $30 million in funding for emergency grants for licensed child care providers that are caring for children of workers in critical sectors. 

There are approximately 420,000 children under the age of 12 who’s guardians are a worker in a critical sector. The state estimates that about 120,000 of those children are likely to need and use licensed child care. Child care providers play a key role in enabling emergency and essential personnel to go to work.

To help ease the burden of the financial strain that the child care industry has been experiencing, the State passed a proposal to provide emergency funds on March 28.

The Department of Human Services, Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, and Child Care Aware of Minnesota are working together to distribute these funds. Follow the link to learn more. 

 

Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants

Stay Home MN

Click for Shelter in Place Order FAQs.

 

The Stay at Home, or Shelter In Place, Order goes into effect at 11:59PM, 3/27 and lasts until 5:00PM, 4/10. There are a lot of questions about what this means for different businesses and their employees. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ page (linked above). If you are looking for more details try contacting the state Emergency Operations Center at 651-297-1304 or toll-free at 800-657-3504.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to CARES Act

Follow the link to review information for small business owners regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (or CARES) Act. 

Governor Issues Stay at Home Order

The Governor has issued a shelter in place order, also known as a “Stay at Home” Order. The order will take effect at 11:59PM on Friday, March 27th and last until 5:00PM on Friday, April 10th. 

Click to download the Governor’s Executive Order.

Sibley County No Spray Request Forms

 

The 2020 forms to request that Sibley County avoid the ditches on your property while spraying for noxious weeds are here.