School recycling trailers grant gets commission approval

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

MOUND CITY – After a week’s delay, the Linn County Commission on Monday, Aug. 30, approved the grant contract with Lake Region Solid Waste Authority (LRSWA) for three new recycling trailers to be placed in each school district.

Commissioners Rick James and Jim Johnson, who were in the commission room, discussed the trailers with fellow Commissioner Danny McCullough, who was attending the meeting virtually due to illness.

The grant, which was written by LRSWA with the assistance of Linn County Solid Waste, was sent in May to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The grant request was for $25,000 with the county adding a match of $8,333.

When the grant was received and it came time to sign the grant a couple of weeks ago, McCullough questioned it because he thought that the school districts were going to be involved in building the trailers.

At that time, the commission asked Public Works Administrator ShaunWest to check with the district superintendents to see if their schools would be able to build the trailers.

West reported back on Monday that all three school districts were unable to work on trailers at this time.

According to West, Prairie View USD 362 was in the process of remodeling the shop area of their building, and that would make any kind of trailer building unfeasible at this time.

At Jayhawk USD 346, he was told that type of project would take one to two years down the road from the project that they had now and their projects for this year were already assigned and they were going off site to do those projects.

Pleasanton USD 344 has already remodeled and older trailer and they are interested in the project and the continued use of that trailer and the new trailer.

At this time, their students and their programs are not well-suited for building trailers on site, said West.

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