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County Board spends $14,500 for business plan

The McLeod County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $14,500 to create a business plan for its solid waste department. The plan will be provided by Burns & McDonnell, the consulting firm that helped the county develop its facility retrofit project to accommodate one-sort recycling in the county.
Commissioner Paul Wright said the idea of developing a business plan “is pretty much what we talked about in a workshop a month or two ago.”
Wright said that while the county has always had a business plan for the solid waste department, the one provided by Burns & McDonnell will be far more indepth, covering everything from personnel needs to addressing market fluctuations.
Commissioner Doug Krueger said he favored the expenditure.
“In order to serve our constituents well and stay within our budget, we need this,” Krueger said.
But he also wanted to ensure that the plan will serve the county for years to come.
Don Hopp, the recycling manager at the solid waste department, said that the plan had to be flexible in order to accommodate the changes in the markets for the products the county recycles and sells.
Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked if the business plan was just for the recycling program, or would it cover other solid waste programs, such as the household hazardous waste program.
Wright said the business plan will be for the entire program.
“It has to be a complete snapshot of the whole department, otherwise it’s not going to work,” said Wright.

For more, see the July 1 print edition of The Chronicle.