City to close First Street recycling site


HUNTINGBURG — Those wanting to see the Huntingburg Street Department’s new digs can get a tour next week on Friday, June 7.

The street department will host an open house at its new home, 415 W. 19th St., from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 7, the Huntingburg Common Council heard at its Tuesday evening meeting.

The department started the transition from its former site on First Street in April and completed the move this month. It has been the plan for years to move the department from First Street, which is in the flood plain.

Council members discussed when the city-sponsored recycling site at the First Street property should close for good. The council will suggest to the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety that the site be closed as of July 1.

When the service was started, there was no nearby recycling service. Now, the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District has a recycling and trash site on the north side of the city, at County Road 400W and Phoenix Drive, that is heavily used, Mayor Denny Spinner said.

The city is working with the solid waste district on a transition plan to notify the public of the pending change, he said.

Huntingburg council members also discussed whether or not to keep open the limb collection service on First Street. They learned that it would cost $18,000 to install 6-foot-tall fencing around the area, $3,000 to install an automatic door and $4,500 to install cameras.

Should the limb collection site be kept, the council wants to make sure that no other items are left at the site, like trash, Clerk-Treasurer Tom Dippel said.

The council told Street Superintendent Jason Stamm to check into the costs of having concrete barriers instead of the fence.

The council also:

• Allowed Energy Superintendent John Reutepohler to purchase 55 utility poles from Thommason Company for $20,130.

• Told Reutepohler to seek quotes for repairing the utility operations office’s roof.

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