Reader Opinion: Recycling center concerns
Nisswa should explore expanding the existing recycling facility rather than constructing a new one.
I strongly request the city of Nisswa reconsider moving Nisswa’s recycling center to a remote location off Lower Roy Lake Road when they could expand the existing site.
Recycling in Nisswa has been popular and successful for many years because of its user-friendly location. It’s popular because on their trip to our recycling center people can also visit the hardware store, shop downtown, get gas, enjoy ice cream or root beer, visit the Pickle and bank or use the ATM and take kids to the park. Moving the center may mean fewer people would recycle and downtown shops could likely lose business.
City staff and council members have supported recycling when other county recycling sites have closed. The city of Nisswa owns 5 acres of property behind the fire hall. I ask the city to please explore expanding the existing facility rather than constructing a new one.
In addition, city officials are aware and have stated that traffic will increase on Hazelwood Drive and Lower Roy Lake Road if the recycling center is relocated. Residents that live on these streets have not received special notification about the public hearing at 5 p.m. April 27 at Nisswa City Hall. These residents deserve a special invitation to express their concerns about additional traffic, speeding and other safety issues on two city streets that are already busy. A special hearing notification was sent to these residents a few years ago when the public hearings occurred about the new trail being planned along their streets. The same process should apply in this case.