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Changes coming to Prairieville recycling

Luke Froncheck

Staff Writer


Personal supervision will hopefully be the change Prairieville Township needs for its recycling program.

After township board members at their monthly meeting July 10 heard Clerk Rod Goebel report that people have been throwing a plethora of different trash articles into the township's recycling container, they approved plans for a 30-yard dumpster to be brought to the township  every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The arrangement will begin in August and will include a supervisor being present to try and stop the flow of trash being put into the container.  Goebel also said having a supervisor present will also help ensure that people are breaking down cardboard boxes and smashing water bottles to save space inside the dumpster. The company providing the dumpsters says that it can provide an additional dumpster to the township hall within an hour, if needed.  

The board also discussed the flooding on Pine Lake. Barry County Drain Commissioner Jim Dull was present at the meeting and brought the board two temporary no-wake ordinances requiring, if approved,   people using the lake to travel at a minimum speed as to not create any waves. Two residents spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting about their discontent with the idea that the board would even consider making Upper Crooked Lake a ‘No Wake’ zone. Both individuals said that a large number of residents don’t want to see lake use limited by a potential ‘No Wake’ limit.

A planning commission recommendation was passed 4-0, with Supervisor Jim Stoneburner being absent, to allow the construction of solar farms and the private use of solar panels for residents of Prairieville Township.

The board also approved the purchase of an outdoor bulletin board for the posting of public notices and meeting dates at a  cost of $169.99.

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