Reader’s Note: Concerns About Recycling Centers – Brainerd Dispatch

I strongly urge the Town of Nisswa to reconsider moving the Nisswa Recycling Center to a location away from Lower Roy Lake Road when it can expand the existing site.

Recycling in Nisswa has been popular and successful for many years due to its friendly location. It’s popular because on their trip to our recycling center, people can also visit the hardware store, shop downtown, refuel, enjoy ice cream or root beer, visit the Pickle and the bank or use the ATM and take the kids to the park. The center move could mean fewer people recycling and downtown stores could likely lose customers.

City staff and council members supported recycling when other county recycling sites closed. The Town of Nisswa owns 5 acres of land behind the fire hall. I ask the city to please consider expanding the existing facility rather than constructing a new one.

Additionally, city officials are aware and have said traffic will increase on Hazelwood Drive and Lower Roy Lake Road if the recycling center is moved. Residents who live on these streets did not receive special notification about the public hearing at 5 p.m. on April 27 at Nisswa City Hall. These residents deserve a special invitation to voice their concerns about extra traffic, speeding and other safety issues on two city streets that are already busy. A Special Hearing Notification was sent to these residents a few years ago during public hearings regarding the planned new trail along their streets. The same process should apply in this case.

Roger Lander