by TaLeiza Calloway – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing the City of Sartell’s compost site to help keep up with demand in St. Joseph is no longer an option.
St. Joseph Public Works Director Terry Thene recently told city council members it would cost about $5,000 to rent land at Sartell’s compost site.
“Financially it doesn’t make sense to do it,” Thene said.
City officials said they will explore other options and present them to city-council members at a later date.
Thene said there is a need for more compost space, hence the investigation into sharing space with Sartell. Residents of St. Joseph Township purchase about 40 permits per year while city residents purchase 600, said Judy Weyrens, St. Joseph city administrator. If the proposal to share space moved forward, staff would spend about three hours every two weeks to maintain compost space in Sartell, she said.
The city’s compost site is open 2-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. The compost site is open only to city residents and St. Joseph Township residents.
Permits can be purchased at St. Joseph City Hall. Additional information can be found on the city’s website: www.cityofstjoseph.com. The city’s compost site is west of town on Stearns CR 75. The entrance is just east of Millstream Park.