Benton Co. Fair neighbors complain about litter in their yards
SAUK RAPIDS – The Benton County Fair is back this week at the Sauk Rapids Fairgrounds. The event attracts thousands of people and apparently they leave a lot of garbage behind.
Residents who live near the fairground have called WJON News to complain about the trash they find, from water bottles and cups to diapers.
So who is responsible for cleaning up the area? Mayor of Saint-Cloud Dave kleis says if the trash can is on private property, it is the owner’s responsibility to clean it up.
Kleis says it’s a crime to throw trash on someone’s lawn, but that would be hard to prove and the police would need to see who did it.
Benton County Fair spokesperson Al Stemper says they have a morning shift that cleans about a one-block perimeter around the fair when they have enough people to cover the streets.
Director of public services at Saint-Cloud Tracy hodel said the city was sending street sweepers to the area on Friday morning
Director of Public Works at Sauk Rapids Pete Eckhoff says they also send street sweepers in the morning. However, he says his biggest problem is with people removing “no parking” signs along the streets and someone even stealing a “crosswalk” sign that needs to be replaced.