St. Boni gun owners urged to use firearm locks

By Emily Hedges

Gun owners are invited to stop by St. Boni Council offices and pick up a free lock for their firearm. During the St. Bonifacius City Council meeting on Feb. 6, Sergeant Mike Kokesh reminded residents that the Minnetrista Police Department always provides free locks, and encouraged residents to use them.
“It’s a good time to talk about gun safety,” said Kokesh. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of applications for gun permits lately.”
In the month of January, the police department received nine applications for gun permits in St. Boni. According to Kokesh, the number is much higher in Minnetrista.
Kokesh told the council that research shows that 44 percent of Minnesotans own guns; three percent carry them loaded and unsecured; and 19,000 kids have access to loaded, unsecured firearms.
St. Boni Mayor Rick Weible took the opportunity to encourage gun owners to act wisely.
“New gun owners, please take proper training. Our department has free locks. I don’t want a tragedy here. You have the right to own a gun, but you also have the responsibility to secure them,” he said.

Single-sort recycling may come to St. Boni
Randy’s Environmental Services, the provider of sanitation and recycling services for St. Boni, wants to make it easier for residents to recycle. If the city renews its contract for services in 2013, Randy’s will launch its single-sort and organics recycling programs.
“In places where we’ve introduced this, we’ve seen a 20 percent increase in recycling. It’s good overall for the environment,” said Jim Wollschlager, executive vice president of company operations for Randy’s.
He went on to explain that limited processing capacity forces 1 million tons of waste a year in Hennepin County into landfills, and that organics comprise a large percent of the volume. In response, Randy’s will launch its Blue Bag Organics program, what they are calling the most comprehensive program in the country.
In addition to the 65-gallon cart for single-sort recycling, customers will receive a 32-gallon can, and 60 can liners a year for composts. On pick-up day, the resident removes the can liner, ties it closed, and places it in their trash cart before wheeling it to the curb.
The recycled organics will be converted to compost and sold at local garden centers.
The following items are accepted in the single-sort bin: aluminum cans; glass bottles and jars; plastic containers and lids (No. 1-7); milk, juice, soup, broth and wine cartons; juice boxes; newspaper; cardboard; boxboard; mixed mail; magazines; office paper and envelopes.
The following items are not accepted: plastic bags; egg cartons; styrofoam; pizza boxes; food-soiled paper; window, mirror or plate glass; ceramic or porcelain; toys; dishes; plastic hangers or motor oil jugs.
Randy’s contract with the City of St. Boni runs through 2013. City ordinance requires that quotes are collected for new contracts.
In other business, the council:
• Instructed City Clerk Brenda Fisk to draft a resolution for passage at the next council meeting requiring a warrant for use of drones in St. Boni airspace. Weible and Council Member Joe Arwood took the opportunity at the end of the meeting to express their opposition to the idea that drones could ever be allowed by the Federal Government to enter American airspace.
• Heard plans from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to install a 25-stall park and pool lot near Highway 7 and Bell Street.