OSAGE | Mark Holt, owner of Holt Sanitation, attended the Monday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Osage City Council in order to get feedback from council members, on his company’s trash and recycling pick up in the city of Osage.

The Holts took over the city’s sanitation contract at the beginning of October, which had been previously held by Jendro Sanitation. In addition, Holt said he would also hold a meeting for community members later in the week to answer questions or to receive feedback on how the process had worked during the first month of operation.

“We did take unstickered items and those with Jendro stickers the first week, to help people ease into the transition and just make things smoother for everyone,” Holt said. “But since then, we have posted on our Facebook page, we will be enforcing the need to use our Holt Sanitation stickers.”

Holt also asked council members for advice on how to deal with those residences continuing to put out bags, which are unstickered, especially in locations were bags are starting to pile up, since his crews were no longer taking unstickered bags.

Holt was directed to contact the Osage Police Department, which would allow an officer to touch base with those residents and property owners to address the unstickered bags. He was told there was the potential to get the city attorney involved, should the resident or property owner continue to simply allow the bags to pile up.

In addition, Holt said he had been receiving requests for recycling totes, which can provided to individuals, if needed. Holt said residents could call the office or contact them via Facebook in order to put in a request to have one delivered.

Also addressing the council was former county auditor Dean Pohren.

Pohren inquired as to whether potential industries looking to move into Osage would have to address the potential for their industrial practices to create an undesirable smell. This was in reference to the county and city’s continuing issues with the smells emanating from the wastewater pre-treatment plant, caused by material, from the Valent BioSciences plant, going septic in the plant’s holding tanks.

“I’m wondering if there is a way for council to work something in the agreement that they shut down and address the issue of a smell should one arise,” Pohren said, “And that they not be allowed to resume operations until they are able to resolve the issue so that there is no longer a smell from their process.”

Pohren was informed that wording could be put into a developmental agreement to address that issue as an industry worked through the process of setting up their business within the community.