Local counties score funding

TRUMAN – After missing out on annual “SCORE” funding last year, Martin and Faribault counties will see a windfall this year.

SCORE is part of Minnesota’s waste management act. Funds are awarded to counties that have established an account for the grant and match it with at least 25 percent local funds.

SCORE funds can be spent on eligible programs, and annual reports are required to show how the funds are helping improve waste management. A local solid waste management plan also must be approved each year by the state.

“We didn’t get a solid waste plan approved last year,” said Billeye Rabbe, director of Prairieland and solid waste coordinator for the counties. “This was during the transition time with the previous Prairieland director, so the state withheld those funds.”

But a solid waste plan for the two counties was approved for this year, and the two counties will not only see this year’s SCORE money, but the money withheld in 2013.

“The total amount received was $83,925 per county,” Rabbe said Friday in her Prairieland director report. “Each county will receive an additional $27,975 this fall.”

State rules allow for SCORE funds to be spent on things such as counties implementing programs that reduce the amount of solid waste generated or maximize the amount of recyclable solid waste.

In other business Friday, Prairieland board members received a presentation from Hometown Sanitation, which conducts the counties’ recycling program.

Mike Johnson of Hometown reported that while communities with curbside service have expressed satisfaction, there are still concerns about dropoff sites in Blue Earth and Winnebago.