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Breitung reaches new agreement on residential trash pickup

QUINNESEC — The Breitung Township Board on Monday approved a three-year contract extension with Great American Disposal of Kingsford that will see its costs for residential trash collection rise, though officials have not decided if that increase will be passed to residents.

The agreement sets up a built-in increase based on the annual consumer price index. The adjustment will raise township cost per month from $15,596.76 to $15,815.11, or a 1.4 percent increase.

If the township decides to raise rates for residents, it could amount to about $0.24 more on refuse collection bills, Superintendent Steve Mulka said.

In addition to the CPI adjustment, the agreement also states any county, state or federal entity that imposes additional fees or taxes on the township landfill will be passed through to the township.

The agreement also introduces trash violation stickers, which the township will provide. The stickers will be placed on trash cans or bags that violate the trash service agreement.

In other business, the board:

— Accepted a $100,000 offer by Great Northern Cooperative of Lansing to buy 5 acres in the Breitung Township industrial park on U.S. 2. The company plans to build a unmanned diesel pump for truck drivers.

— Had a first reading of a new ordinance that mandates property owners with a lot of less than 1 acre and a structure on or near a residential subdivision cannot allow grass or weeds to grow more than 10 inches in height. Any non-compliant resident will have seven days after notification to mow the property. If not done, the township will have the mowing done and bill the resident, plus add an administrative fee.

— Also read a proposal that would amend an existing ordinance to add “junk” and “rubbish” to a list of prohibited refuse. The current ordinance only prohibits “trash,” defined as kitchen garbage.

— Approved a $12,850 change order request by Bill Neuens Landscaping, Inc. of Iron Mountain to demolish buildings at 441 E. Breitung Ave. and 109 Fisher St. in Kingsford. The request covers additional work needed after a previously unknown septic system was discovered on the Breitung Avenue property.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated residents could potentially see rates increase by $2.24. It has been corrected to reflect the possible $0.24 increase.

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