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Lake Linden raises garbage bag rates

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden Village Clerk Bob Poirier talks with council members over Zoom during Thursday’s meeting.

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden residents will be paying a little more for village garbage bags.

At its Thursday night meeting, the village approved raising the price of yellow bags $1 per roll to $9, while blue bags go up 75 cents a roll to $6.

The hike is to offset costs incurred by the village from the county’s recent price increase at the transfer station. At the village’s current tonnage, it will pay an additional $200 a month, Clerk Bob Poirier said.

The new prices are effective Jan. 1.

The cost had been the same since the bags’ inception in 1998, Poirier said.

Also Thursday, the council also agreed to a property swap with the Torch Lake Sewage Authority involving sands near the village campground. The authority is using the land for a project to build a third lagoon to supplement existing lagoons that are over capacity, Poirier said. That proposed site of the lagoon straddles the division between

“We’re deeding them the property to complete the project, they’re deeding us a portion here to offset this so no money needs to change hands,” he said.

The village has also granted two easement agreements for outfall pipes if necessary for emergencies.

As of Thursday morning, 510 of the 545 new meters in the village’s water meter replacement project have been installed. Most of those remaining are commercial sites, or places with non-standard meters such as the Lake Linden-Hubbell School District. Poirier said installations had been paused with the start of deer hunting season, but would be finished soon.

Lake Linden is also canceling its annual Christmas movie showing for children. It is working on an alternate plan, such as hosting drive-up visits with Santa Claus at the Village Hall.

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