• Roger Sims

Mattresses no longer welcome at county's CD landfill

Updated: Jul 29

MOUND CITY – On Monday, July 11, the Linn County Commissioners heard from Public Works Director Shaun West that the landfill can no longer put mattresses in the construction-demolition landfill.

West said the inspector was there last week and did not file any violations but said that the landfill could no longer take mattresses. He said that a roll-off container could only hold twin mattresses and without a cover on it, the mattresses would become soggy and heavy. He is going to check into ways to handle mattresses.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Named Amanda Snyder to be the assistant to the Health Department Administrator Missy Lancaster. Snyder will not have a raise in pay for this duty.

• Scheduled a special meeting with department heads and organizations who received funds from the county on Friday, July 15, at 8 a.m.

• Heard from County Counselor Gary Thompson that the fire marshall had found a handful of small things that prevented the Justice Center building from being approved. He said that those items had all been corrected. One of the problems was that the burn rate documentation on the furniture in the building had not been provided. Thompson said it would be provided to the state fire marshal’s office that afternoon.

• Set up an open house for the Justice Center on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15. Tours will be given on Friday at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Saturday, tours will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Refreshments will be served. Thompson will check on having video tour the building.

• Reviewed the park report. In June, the income was $30,580 and expenses were $18,506 with a gain of $12,073. For the year to date, the park has had a positive cash flow of $17,411.

• Waived dumping fees for the Carpenter Chiropractic Clinic, owned by Chase and Tara Carpenter, at 714 Main in Pleasanton.

• Learned from West that the truck repair bid for up to $25,000 turned out costing $18,000.

• Heard the report from West that the Noxious Weed Department was busy and had sprayed the Blue Mound shop and Centerville compactor sites. They have also sprayed 1000 Road from Scott to Ash. At Pleasanton, they had sprayed Vail from Highway 152 to dead end road past 2000 Road. They had also sprayed 1650 Road from 1900 to Ransom. They also attended the area weed director’s meeting. On Friday, they sprayed the airport building and utility areas.

• Heard the report from McCullough that Maintenance Director Rick Castle was getting bids for the Pleasanton Senior Center.

• Requested West to check on the grade or quality of the gravel at the quarries.

• Listened as McCullough brought up that the county had 78 air conditioners and four new units in the Justice Center. He would like to see preventative maintenance done on them in the future. He said he hates to see the county spend several thousand dollars on a unit and then have to buy a new one. He would like to put out a bid for preventative maintenance.

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