Short takes

Enjoying a cup of coffee with a cop


So often our conversations with law enforcement are during situations like being stopped for speeding. On Wednesday, members of the Lyon County and Marshall law enforcement held a Coffee With a Cop at Hy-Vee Market in Marshall Wednesday. What a great idea. It’s not only a great marketing tool for law enforcement, it also allows members of police agencies to have one-on-one conversations with the citizens in a comfortable setting. Coffee With a Cop has been a successful concept that started back in 2011 in California. We urge law enforcement to hold more of these sessions yearly at different locations.

Archery range on target


Too bad the recent rains are holding up construction of an archery range next to the MERIT Center in Marshall. We believe archery enthusiasts will be appreciative when it’s finally built. The range is a great idea proposed by Ty Brouwer of the Saratoga Archery Club in Amiret. We applaud the Marshall City Council to vote in support of the range. The range will include 12 targets and a sidewalk and Brouwer says it’s “going to be a nice setup.”

Recycling decisions raise red flags


Democracy was at work Monday evening when concerned Lyon County residents filled up the commissioners meeting room for a public hearing on curbside recycling. Many residents walked up to the podium and spoke. Support was high for continuing curbside pickup, even if residents paid more. The next day, commissioners held their regularly-scheduled meeting. The good news — commissioners voted to approve a proposal by Southwest Sanitation to continue curbside recycling through the month of October. But we raise red flags of concern on other developments. First, commissioners also voted to continue negotiating with Southwest Sanitation for curbside pickup on a bi-weekly basis, instead of weekly. The second red flag — toward the end of the meeting, Commissioner Charlie Sanow said the board didn’t discuss specific costs of the recycling proposals during the meeting because of negotiations on a new pickup contract. We would like to know more.