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Published May 05, 2010, 09:54 AM

Some homeowners are upset over clean up week fee

Glyndon, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Some homeowners in Glyndon are upset because the city is charging a fee to pick up certain items for clean up week. But city leaders say it's nothing new and that this family got a lucky break last time.

This isn't the first time Glendon Dingman has kicked his worn and weathered appliances to the curb for clean up week.

GLENDON DINGMAN/GLYNDON RESIDENT: "Bundles of wood, whatever. It was just everything was taken in one shot."

This year there was a surprise. After putting their fridge and other items out here to be cleaned up, Glendon got this note in his door that it will cost 15 dollar for them to take this away.

DINGMAN: "It's a little frustrating. I mean, you got all this stuff in your yard you want to get rid of and the city wants to charge you for it and not everybody have 50 to 100 bucks to pay to get rid of their stuff."

DAVID PEDERSON/CITY CLERK & TREASURER: "Glyndon doesn't have a municipal system in the sense where the city employees do the collection, we use an independent contractor."

Fuchs (FOX) Sanitation has been taking away residents' trash year round here for the last decade. City Clerk Dave Pederson says they've been charging 15 to 20 dollars for appliance removal, clean up week or not, that entire time. Meaning this Glyndon man may have simply beat the system last year.

PEDERSON: "If that was the case, he got lucky and shouldn't have been complaining."

Still, the extra cash to get rid of this isn't easy to stomach.

DINGMAN: "Just have to wait until we get some money to get rid of it."

Fargo charges for more than two appliances.