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                                                                     MINUTES

 

                                                               RILEY COUNTY

                                     SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

           

 

Thursday, February 28, 2002                              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, Karen McCulloh, Barb Sanner, Monty Wedel, Judy Willingham, Howard Wilson, Van Withee, John Woods and Fran Zerby.

 

Members Absent:  Gerald Baer, David Bollman, Phyllis Epps, Jerry Ericson, Ernest Jordan, Edmund Kriebs, Alan Ladd, Molly Lindquist, Bob Newsome, Dennis Peterson, Chuck Williams and Robert Wilson.

 

Sign-in, Introductions  ­ The sign-in sheet was distributed.  No guests attended.

 

Approve the minutes of the previous meeting  The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented.

 

Update on City’s Recycling Task Force report   Judy Willingham, Chair of the Task Force, reported on the results of the presentation of the report to the City Commission at a worksession on February 26.  Judy stated that the proposal for developing a city-wide curbside recycling program will go forward.  Although there were a number of concerns expressed, the idea was at least not totally rejected by the City Commission.  The next step apparently will be the refinement of the proposal to address some specific concerns and the development of a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to be presented again to the City Commission.  Development of the draft RFP will apparently be done by City staff with possible assistance from the Task Force as requested.

 

Update on solid waste fund status  Dan Harden explained the Board of County Commissioners goal, initiated this past year, to maintain a minimum cash balance ($185,00) at all times in the solid waste fund.  He reported that the fund had achieved that minimum balance only 2 out of the 12 months in 2001.  Monty Wedel displayed several graphs that illustrated solid waste fund revenues, expenditures and trends.  The SWMC discussed the merits of the minimum balance goal, what would be a realistic minimum balance to try to maintain and discussed ways that expenditures could be reduced.   As a result, several motions were made concerning the solid waste fund.

 

1.  Barb Sanner moved and Judy Willingham seconded to “Ask Dennis Peterson and the HHW subcommittee to begin the process of including Small Quantity Generator waste in the Riley County HHW operation and charging a small fee for disposal.”   Motion approved unanimously;

2.      Barb Sanner moved and Karen McCulloh seconded to “Ask yard waste subcommittee to investigate the possibility of charging a fee for the disposal of yard waste.”  Motion carried unanimously; and

3.      Van Withee moved and Barb Sanner seconded to “Recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that they develop a more accurate estimate of solid waste fund revenues and expenditures and use that estimate to establish an appropriate minimum fund balance.”

 

Discuss renewal of plastics recycling contract w/ Howies for 2002  Monty Wedel explained that the contract with Howies expired at the end of the year.  A contract renewal is necessary in order to provide the support to Howies for the 2002 calendar year.  Howard Wilson explained that without the plastics contract with the County he would be forced to discontinue acceptance of several items that are currently losing propositions.  He is willing to continue acceptance of all items in order to maintain good public relations provided the County is willing to continue to help support private sector recycling through the plastics recycling contract.  After discussion regarding the importance of sustaining the recycling momentum, particularly in light of the City curbside initiative, Karen McCulloh moved and Judy Willingham seconded to “Recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that they renew the plastics recycling contract for 2002 under the same terms and conditions as last year.”  Motion carried with Howard Wilson abstaining.

 

Action on KSU application to establish and operate a Solid Waste Composting Facility  Bill Eberle explained the request and reviewed the composting facility with the SWMC. Bill explained that signing of the application by the Board of County Commissioners is a requirement of KDHE.  After some questions and discussion Judy Willingham moved and Howard Wilson seconded to “Recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that they sign the permit application for the KSU Composting Facility.”  Motion carried with Bill Eberle abstaining.

 

Update on Recycling Directory   Monty Wedel explained that the directory has been printed and is in the process of being distributed in the community.  He distributed several copies to members of the SWMC.

 

Discuss booth at Flint Hills Expo  Monty Wedel reported that the Flint Hills Expo will be April 5,6 & 7.  The Master Gardeners are planning on putting the composting/recycling booth together with the help of Alan Ladd and Julie Winter.  Alan will contact members of the SWMC if more persons are needed to work the booth.

 

Discuss trash hauling services in rural Riley County   Betty Book with Waste Management explained their recent decision to discontinue trash hauling service to approximately 80 customers in the northern portion of Riley County, roughly the area north of the City of Randolph.   She stated that the decision was based purely on the cost of providing the service to that area because of the hauling distance and the scattered residences in the area.  The decision was not a local decision but was based on profit and loss as determined by the corporate regional office.  Barb Sanner of Sanner Sanitation said she had also received numerous calls regarding discontinuation of the service but agreed that it was an area that was very expensive to serve.  She indicated that they could not economically serve that area either.  Betty Book said they have been trying to get other private contractors interested in taking over the area.  She specifically mentioned a hauler out of Blue Rapids and possibly another in Randolph.  After discussion regarding the possible role of Riley County in resolving the problem, Roger Kvasnicka moved and Karen McCulloh seconded to “Allow the private market time to work out the problem.”  Motion carried unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

SWMC membership  Monty Wedel explained that Burke Bayer and Richard Nelson had recently resigned from the SWMC.  The City will be asked to nominate a replacement for Richard Nelson.  County staff will work with the BOCC to find a replacement for Burke Bayer.

 

Earth Day  Monty Wedel asked if anyone was interested in or had heard anything about efforts to promote Earth Day.  John Woods said the Students for Environmental Action on campus may be interested.  Monty gave John a packet of information that may be useful.

 

Buying Recycled  Judy Willingham said she had recently received information concerning a new “Buying Recycled” program.  She requested time on the next SWMC agenda to report on this further.

 

KSU HHW site  Steve Galitzer reported that the HHW dropoff site on the KSU campus is now open and is accepting HHW.

 

Composting Works Conference  Dan Harden stated that the County would assist members of the SWMC if they wished to attend this conference.  If interested, the members should contact Julie Winter in the Public Works office.

 

Next meeting   Next meeting was  scheduled for April 18, 2002 at 7:00 in the Second Floor Room of the Riley County Office Building. 

 

Meeting adjourned