June Meet & Greet

(From left, around the table:) Monroe McCoy, Police Chief Tom Montgomery, Greg Flugum, Mayor Barney Ruiter, city administrator Barb Smith and Norma Hertzer from Grow Forerst City discuss current city issues at the Mayor Meet and Greet in the Senior Center June 19.

Forest City Mayor Barney Ruiter held his monthly meet and greet during which he updated residents on various city issues and projects, held at the Senior Center in Forest City.

Ruiter said Kwik Trip plans to break ground July 15 or 16 for their gas station and convenience store, Kwik Star. City administrator Barb Smith said she heard the company planned to be finished by Sept. 1, but stated she did not think it was likely to happen.

Additionally, Ruiter said the street project was moving along with the completion of John K. Hanson Street, I Street, Westgate Drive and Main Street. Ruiter said he thinks the construction will move to 11th Street, parts of O Street, Woodland Drive and Sunset Drive.

“They’re moving right along,” Ruiter said. “Just have to have the weather.”

The Forest City Police Department will hold a mass pet registration day on June 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the police station, 525 N. Fourth St. 

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Ruiter then explained the current situation with the city's recycling company. Its owner recently decided he would no longer be picking up the recycling. However, he will still take the product to Mason City until Forest City comes up with a new recycling plan.

Ruiter said the City is currently looking at buying new equipment and doing the recycling itself. The City is also looking at collecting recycling on Wednesdays rather than “every odd day during the week,” Ruiter said.

Smith said the City will have to hire a full-time person to pick up the recycling if the city choose to do it. She added recycling rates might increase by a $1 a month to $3.75 or $4.

“If we hired another recycling company to do it, recycling rates would go up $9 a month,” Smith said.

The recycling issue will be on the council agenda to discuss July 1, according to Smith. She estimated the city will start recycling on its own in August.

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