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Jill Schramm/DND A construction worker watches a truck stop on the foundation under construction for a recycling transfer station at the Minot landfill on Monday.

The implementation of selective collection is on track to begin next July, according to the public works department of the city of Minot. With that in mind, Minot City Council began developing a program on Monday that would include curbside pickup every two weeks, with the option of having a weekly pickup if interest exists.

The public works department’s recommendation was to offer a bi-weekly recycling collection using a 95-gallon cart provided to all attendees, although the council felt that a 65-gallon cart option gallons should be included.

Council member Stephan Podrygula said some residents would find a larger container difficult due to lack of space to store it or because they lack the physical ability to handle a cart of that size.

“I really wish people had the choice of a slightly smaller container,” he said. “I think you’ll get more acceptance and fewer complaints from people if you give them that choice.”

The city has 95-gallon and 65-gallon garbage carts that can be used in a recycling program, said Jason Sorenson, assistant director of public works.

“We’re just going to have a different lid color for recycling versus trash,” he said.

The Public Works Department also noted that if the recycling program is mandatory and uses a 95-gallon cart, the city can apply for a grant of up to $15 per cart.

Under the council-approved scheme, there would be a one-time opt-out option from the scheme for residents who do not wish to recycle. If a resident moves, recycling will be required at the new location.

Currently, the city collects garbage twice a week. One of these days would be replaced by a recycling collection every two weeks. Residents opting out would not receive garbage collection on recycling collection day.

The glass would not be recyclable under the program due to weak markets, but this would be reviewed if markets changed.

Policing issues tie up budget talks

Minot City Council will hold special meetings to discuss the 2023 budget after hearing impassioned calls from the Minot Police Department to preserve staff positions.

Board Chairman Paul Pitner, in his budget message, proposed eliminating the department’s request for a drug task force officer, which is currently in the draft budget. He also proposed eliminating two of the 10 currently vacant officer positions in the ministry.

“I cannot support adding another officer position when we have 10 that we have not been able to fill. We continue to tax citizens for positions we have been unable to fill,” he said. “There will still be approximately seven positions within the department to fill to mitigate some of the overtime.”

He suggested that budget savings for these positions be reserved for future use in improving police headquarters, whether at City Hall or another building.

Police Chief John Klug and local police union representatives spoke out against the plan. Klug said leaving positions in the budget allows for hiring.

“You cut my positions, I don’t even have this opportunity to get there” he said.

Pitner said he would support a budget amendment to add positions if the chief can find people to hire.

Policing will be among the topics discussed at future special meetings.

The council also voted not to fill the two electrical inspector positions that have been open since June and not to budget for them in 2023. Instead, council members voted to use the services of the council’s electrical council. State to perform these inspections.

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