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Thursday, February 13, 2003 Riley County Office Building
7:00 P.M. 2nd
Floor Conference Room
Members Present: William Clark, William Eberle, Steve
Galitzer, Dan Harden, Joe Kitterman, Barb Sanner, Roger Kvasnicka, Monty Wedel, Dennis Peterson, Howard Wilson and John Woods.
Members Absent: Gerald Baer, David Bollman, Betty
Book, Phyllis Epps, Jerry Ericson, Edmund Kriebs, Alan Ladd, Molly Lindquist,
Karen McCulloh, Vicki McDonald, Taylor Miller, Bob Newsome, Chuck Williams,
Judy Willingham, Van Withee and Fran Zerby.
Attendees signed the sign-in sheet. New member Kelly Briggs was introduced
and the other members introduced themselves.
Approve the minutes of the
previous meeting The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as
Update on Solid Waste
budget Dan Harden presented the current state of the budget. He
explained that due to a variety of factors, the fund is operating with a
negative balance each month. Currently the deficit is approximately $69,000.
Dan also reported that when he had visited with the Board of County
Commissioners about the situation last week, that they made the decision on their
own to raise the tipping fee $1/ton. This increase will not take effect for a
few months. Dan projected that the County would not begin billing for the new
fee until June 1 and that we would not see any additional revenues from the
increase until approximately July 1. Dan estimated that the annual new
revenues to be generated by the increase would be approximately $50,000.
Discussion centered around two
topics. First, the question was raised as to whether or not the County should
begin charging businesses for leaves and lawn clippings. After some
discussion, Steve Galitzer requested for next meeting that staff present
information regarding the amount of material of this type and a projection as
to potential revenues.
The second topic related to the
plastics recycling contract with Howie’s Recycling. Howard explained that the
contract enables him to continue to take unprofitable items such as steel cans
and glass in addition to the plastics. Therefore, the contract is essentially
more of a general recycling contract than a plastics recycling contract, even
though plastics is the commodity used to determine the compenstation.
Consensus of the group was to continue the contract but the concern was with
how to do it given the current budget situation. After some discussion, Bill
Eberle moved and Dennis Peterson seconded to recommend to the Board of County
Commissioners that the plastics recycling contract with Howie’s Recycling be
renewed for 2003 with the following stipulations: The contract be for a maximum
of $15,000 in 2003 and that payment on the contract be delayed to later in year
when adequate funds are available, but no later than December 31, 2003. Motion
approved unanimously. Monty will schedule the matter with the BOCC and will
inform the SWMC of the date and time.
Update on Bayer
Construction CD Landfill Kelly Briggs of Bayer Construction reported
that the permitting process with the State is continuing and that they are
closer to opening that they were last month. He projected that official
opening would be April 1st. They will begin with accepting their
own construction/demolition material and that from selected commercial
entities. Potentially they may accept waste from the public once they are
convinced that administratively they can handle it.
Worksession on 5-year
update of Solid Waste Management Plan Monty Wedel led the group
through several sections of the KDHE worksheet for the update. Several more
sections will be completed at the next meeting. The update must be completed
by the end of the year.
Next meeting Next meeting was scheduled for
Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 7:00 in the Second Floor Room of the Riley County Office Building.