Minden City Council votes on Sanitation Services

MINDEN — After nearly a year of public discussion, members of the Minden City Council decided during their regular meeting not to outsource the city's sanitation services.

Council members voted 3-1 to take bids to obtain a new truck, estimated to cost $170,000-$190,000 and trading in its 2004 truck, which has needed more maintenance than its 1997 truck. The motion also included a monthly $2 rate increase to begin paying for equipment to handle yard waste.

Minden had looked into contracting its sanitation services with Woodward's Disposal Service in Hastings.

The city's three sanitation employees left the council chambers Monday with relieved smiles on their faces.

"Economic Development, part of that is stabilizing jobs," council member Teresa Sumstine said. "In a little community like this any job loss is a ripple effect across the whole community."

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