A pile of sand and debris is getting too big in a pit off Highway 25.
Each year, city workers collect between 600-750 cubic yards of sand and other debris from roads while street sweeping.
Littered with garbage, the sand pile has been accumulating for more than a decade in a pit off Highway 25. Today, it’s estimated to have grown up to 6,000 cubic yards, and city officials are running out of room to store the material.
At its meeting Monday, the Brainerd City Council heard two options as to what to do with the growing pile.
In the first option, the arboretum could take the sand to use as cover over the old landfill, but it must be free of garbage and other debris.
In the other option, the material could be taken to the landfill, which would be too costly, said Jeff Hulsether, city engineer. The fee would be about $6 per cubic yard, he said.
“We need to do something with that pile,” Hulsether said. “There’s no hazardous waste, but (the city) can’t do anything with it because there’s a lot of debris. ... It’s basically unusable the way it is.”
Hulsether suggested the city give the sand pile to the arboretum.
“We have no good uses for it other than at the arboretum,” he said.
A quote to remove the debris from the pile came in at up to $19,000. The cost to rent equipment so city staff could screen the sand is $5,343.75, plus fuel to run the machine. It would take a week to screen the entire pile.
The council voted to have city staff rent the equipment and screen the pile. The sand will then go to the arboretum. The garbage removed will be taken to the landfill.
Funds will be taken from Street and Sewer miscellaneous, and the work will be done in September.