By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
The Pondera County Recycling Coalition met March 3 to discuss the possibility of purchasing new containers for the recycling project in Conrad and Shelby.
The PCRC is currently writing a grant to help finance two bins and one trailer to be used to haul both to the refuse center. The benefit of this process would be the simplicity; wench, dump, bail and repeat. ITB has submitted a quote and has come in lower than others received. The board hopes to utilize local companies and resources.
The Board of Directors discussed the possibility of the grant falling through and in the chance that it does, the coalition would look into purchasing another “can van” like the current one located at the Pondera Village Shopping Center that was made by Mike Townsend of Conrad Salvage & Recycling. The next piece of equipment that the coalition will need is a bailer.
The board has sent out a request to local businesses and the legislature in hopes to get support for their grant. Anyone can write a “letter of support” and the deadline has been moved till the end of the month.
The composting project will move forward not only at Meadowlark but also at Prairie View. Greg Jensen, principal, is excited for the project and is considering using the compost for a garden area behind the school.
Stephanie Keil Harris will do a presentation at Prairie View as part of Ag month.
The election of new officers took place and LeAnn Hermance will remain chairman. Meagan Heinen will assume the vice chair position from Adam Jerome who has relocated. Corrine Rose has agreed to be the secretary/treasurer for one more year. The Board of Directors now consists of Pat Becker, John Shevlin, Ron Prewett, Ron Collyer and Carey Monahan.
Becker is heading the committee that will be in charge of this year’s e-waste collection day.
Donna Sanders is taking on recycling at Pondera Medical Center (PMC). Sanders will run her program independently from PCRC because of the vast amount of recyclables and because the profits from her endeavor will solely benefit the birthing and baby programs she is involved with at PMC.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 7 in the Courthouse basement at 5 p.m.