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                                                                     MINUTES

 

                                                               RILEY COUNTY

                                     SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

           

 

Thursday, January 13, 2000                    Riley County Office Building

7:00 P.M.                                                       2nd Floor Conference Room

 

Members Present: Betty Book, William Clark, William Eberle, Steve Galitzer, Dan Harden, Joe Kitterman, Roger Kvasnicka, Alan Ladd, Molly Lindquist, Richard Nelson, Dennis Peterson, Barb Sanner, Jean Waters, Monty Wedel, Judy Willingham, Van Withee, John Woods and Fran Zerby.

 

Others Present:  Joe Mallon, Troy Berg, Millie Collins and Rich Doan.

 

Members Absent:  Burke Bayer, David Bollman, Phyllis Epps, Jerry Ericson, Ernest Jordan, Karen McCulloh, Bob Newsome, Doug Schonberner, Diane Stoddard and Howard Wilson.

 

 

Sign-in, Introductions and Welcome New Members – New members Molly Lindquist, Richard Nelson and Barb Sanner were introduced and welcomed to the Committee.  The current members and guests were also introduced.   The new 2000 Recycling Directories, new committee and subcommittee membership lists and other resource materials were distributed at this time.

 

Approve the minutes of the previous meeting – The minutes for the two previous meetings were approved as presented with the exception of William Clark being added as an attendee to the last meeting.

 

Update on Transfer Station contract – Dan Harden reported that the contract for operation of the Transfer Station will be put out for bid in the near future.  Requests for Proposals will be going out soon.

 

Update on Christmas Tree Recycling – Monty Wedel gave a brief report on the program to date.  The program will continue until January 25.  Some of the trees are being chipped by the for use as mulch.  Others will be placed in Tuttle Creek Lake for fish habitat.

 

Update on tire recycling and amnesty event at Riley County Transfer Station - Monty Wedel reported that the Board of County Commissioners had approved development of a program to accept tires for a fee at the Riley County Transfer Station on a continuing basis.  This will begin around the first of February.  Also, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment will be conducting, in coordination with the County, a 30-day tire amnesty event beginning sometime this spring.  The County is waiting on KDHE for a start date.  This program will be able to accept up to 100 tires from individuals.  Businesses may only participate if they have pre-law (pre-1990) tires.  KDHE will pick up cost of the event entirely with the County responsible for publicity only. 

Update on Recycling Directory  Monty Wedel reported that the County had printed 20,000 copies for distribution in the community.  Approximately 13,000 will be distributed as an insert in the Manhattan Mercury.  The remaining will be distributed through organizations, etc. throughout the course of the year.  The Committee expressed appreciation to Julie Winter for her work on this project.

 

Report of results of recycling survey  - Judy Willingham presented findings of a  recycling survey that she recently conducted in the community.  The report includes conclusions as well as recommendations for curbside recycling in Manhattan.  A recycling rate for various materials was also calculated as a separate project but is also included in the report.

 

Discuss grant workshop and grant round #9 deadline of May 1 -  Monty Wedel explained that probably the last round for KDHE grants will be coming up May 1.  A grant workshop for this grant round will be coming up in Manhattan on February 9.  Anyone interested in attending should contact Monty Wedel or Julie Winter for information.

 

Discuss attendance at Recycling and Composting Works Conference  - Monty Wedel stated that the County would again fund any member that wished to attend this conference.  If anyone is interested, they should contact Julie Winter.

 

Subcommittee reports on update of SWMP – Instead of reviewing the changes that had been done to date, it was decided that the entire Plan would be reviewed at one time at the next meeting.

 

Earth Day activities – Richard Nelson volunteered to coordinate the Earth Day activities for this year.

 

Next meeting – Scheduled for February 24, 2000 at 6:30 at the Riley County Office Building.  The entire meeting will be devoted to reviewing the proposed updates to the Solid Waste Management Plan.