NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
THE LYON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH THE LYON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, WILL BE CONDUCTING THE ANNUAL FALL ROAD TOUR ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014. THE TOUR WILL BEGIN AT 12:30 P.M. AND LAST UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 4:30 P.M. COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET AT THE LYON COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING, LOCATED AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN MARSHALL, TO BEGIN THE TOUR.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE TOUR SHOULD CONTACT THE LYON COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT, AT 507-532-8205. SPACE WILL BE LIMITED.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPROVE SOUTHWEST REGIONAL SOLID WASTE COMMISSION SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission coordinates efforts as a 12-County joint powers entity to manage solid waste in Southwest Minnesota; consisting of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, and Yellow Medicine Counties. The Solid Waste commission was organized to facilitate planning, management, and implementation of solid waste management across the twelve county area. The SRSWC is has submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) a comprehensive solid waste management plan that proposes an integrated waste management system.
Pursuant to Minn. R. 9215.0850, the MPCA hereby gives notice of its intent to approve the Plan without additional conditions. To view a Copy of the plan, click on the link provided below.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the MPCA’s proposed actions. Comments must be received by the MPCA at its above address by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October, 11, 2014. Pursuant to Minn. Rule 9215.0850, subp. 3, comments must include: 1) a statement of the commenter’s interest in the new plan, 2) a statement of the action the commenter wishes the MPCA to take, including specific references to the parts of the new plan or the needed calculation that the commenter believes should be changed, and 3) the reasons supporting the commenter’s position, stated with sufficient specificity to allow the MPCA to assess the merits of the commenter’s statements. During the comment period, interested persons may request that the MPCA conduct a public informational meeting. A public informational meeting is an informal meeting conducted by the MPCA staff to help clarify and resolve issues. Requests for a public informational meeting must be made in writing. Request for a public informational meeting must: 1) include the three pieces described in the paragraph above; 2) explain why the MPCA should hold such a meeting; and 3) describe the issues the commenter wants addressed at the meeting. At the close of the comment period, the MPCA will determine if a public informational meeting would be beneficial. The MPCA will consider all comments received with the comment period. Following the close of the comment period and any public information meeting held on it, the MPCA will make a final determination on whether to approve the new plan.
The results for the election are posted at http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/FedStatebyCounty/19?districtid=42
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) conducted a Waste Characterization Study in 2013. The study revealed that 40% of the material delivered as garbage to Lyon County regional landfill is actually recyclable. Statewide, recyclables heading to landfills cost an estimated $217 million each year in lost economic value - in that recyclable materials could have been sold and turned into new products.
Lyon County has a well-structured residential recycling program, but little is known about the extent to which businesses recycle in the county and whether a similar program would benefit businesses and allow them to recycle more. A survey was sent out to commercial entities in the county to determine the feasibility of developing a commercial recycling program. The survey results are included in the attachment at the end of this article.
Secretary of State Introduces New Online Tool for Voters to Request Absentee Ballot
Increase in Absentee Balloting Expected as Voters No Longer Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee
SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota voters can now request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org through a new tool launched by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The service allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email. A similar tool for military and overseas voters was introduced in September 2013.
Voters may request an absentee ballot for both the August 12 Primary Election and November 4 General Election. Ballots for those elections will be mailed when they become available on June 27 and September 19, respectively.
“Providing online services that are efficient and convenient for voters leads to greater voter participation, helping to ensure every eligible voice can be heard in our elections,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
Ritchie adds the new tool saves election officials’ time and reduces errors by eliminating the tasks of manually entering voter data and interpreting handwriting.
Upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may use the “Absentee Ballot Lookup” tool at mnvotes.org to find the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office.
Voters may continue to request absentee ballots by mail, and vote absentee in person at their county elections office, as well as a select number of cities.
‘No Excuse’ Needed to Vote Absentee
The Office of the Secretary of State expects an uptick in absentee balloting in 2014 as Minnesota voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee, such as being ill or out of their precinct on Election Day. As a result, more voters can vote early by absentee to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place.
In Minnesota’s last non-presidential election in 2010, there were 127,248 absentee ballots cast, about 6 percent of the total 2,123,369 votes cast.
Eligible voters may learn more about the absentee ballot process at mnvotes.org.
How the “Request an Absentee Ballot” Tool Works
Voters requesting an absentee ballot online complete the online application at mnvotes.org. Their information is verified against data from the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services or Social Security Administration. Local election officials review the application, and if approved, send the voter their absentee ballot so they may vote early.
More Voter Tools at mnvotes.org
The new “Request Absentee Ballot” tool joins a suite of online applications provided by the Office of the Secretary of State, including:
2014 Is a Significant Election Year
This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state officers, and all Minnesota State House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.
Key 2014 election dates:
Weather conditions can occasionally effect landfill operations, especially in the case of high winds. High winds present an increased potential for wind-blown litter, which can result in nuisance problems for adjacent landowners, and can increase the operational costs of the landfill.
For this reason, the Lyon County Regional Landfill has a closure policy for litter control. Please contact the Lyon County Environmental Administrator for more information on this policy.
If you click the link above to check on current conditions, and find the conditions to be outdated (more than 30 minutes old) please feel welcome to call the landfill during normal operation hours to inquire about current conditions. The landfill office number is (507) 865-4615.