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Wednesday, September 23, 1998                                                                     Riley County Office Building

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


Members Present: William Eberle, Steve Galitzer, Dan Harden, David Horn, Alan Ladd, Diane Stoddard, Jean Waters, Monty Wedel, Howard Wilson, Van Withee, John Woods


Others Present:  Rod Meredith, Richard Nelson, Susan Rush, Janet Parrish


Members Absent:  Burke Bayer, David Bollman, Betty Book, Dianne Brummet, William Clark, Phylis Epps, Jerry Ericson, Ernest Jordan, Edmund Kriebs, Roger Kvasnicka, Bob Newsome, Dennis Peterson, Lakshmi Reddi, Damian Schmidt, Karen Visser, Judy Willingham, Fran Zerby




Roll Call – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Steve Galitzer.  Diane Stoddard and John Woods were welcomed as new members. An attendance sheet was distributed.


Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting – William Eberle moved that the May 26, 1998 minutes be approved as distributed.  Howard Wilson seconded. Motion Carried.


Final discussion of Solid Waste Management Plan – Monty Wedel gave the committee members a quick history of the Solid Waste Management Plan dating back to 1992.  The next step in the plan process is to hold a public hearing and to adopt the plan.  The public hearing will be held in the commission room during a BOCC regular session.  Van Withee moved to accept the Solid Waste Management Plan as written and that the plan be forwarded on to the Board of County Commissioners, Riley County, Kansas, for approval.  David Horn seconded.  Motion carried.  Galitzer requested that a draft copy of the SWMP be placed at the library for public view prior to the public hearing.  Janet Parrish passed around the SWMP signature sheet for each member’s approval of the revised plan.  Galitzer thanked the committee members and Riley County Staff Monty Wedel and Janet Parrish for all their hard work in revising the plan.


Update Subcommittees – A subcommittee sign-up sheet was passed around giving each member the opportunity to choose one or more committees to serve.


Compost/Street Sweeping Analysis Report – Rod Meredith distributed the Compost/Street Sweeping analytical results preformed by Associated Environmental, Inc. on May 21, 1998, to each member.  After reviewing the results William Eberle determined that the Compost could be used for public distribution.  William Eberle moved that Riley County Staff come up with a plan to use the compost for public distribution and to also work with the Education Committee on some ideas for distributing information on Earth Day.  Motion was seconded and carried.  A brief discussion followed.


America Recycles Day – Janet Parrish reported to the committee on America Recycles Day, a 2nd national event to be held on November 15, 1998.  Susan Rush, Green Coordinator, Wal-Mart, was introduced to the committee.  Ms. Rush told the committee of Wal-Mart’s involvement in recycling and suggested some activities that Wal-Mart would be interested in assisting the committee with for America Recycles Day. 

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For example Wal-Mart would be willing to flag products in the store to convey public awareness and to display shopping carts around town filled with recycled products.   Galitzer suggested that America Recycles Day be used to kick-off Kansas State University’s campus recycling program.  Steve Galitzer, Diane Stoddard, David Horn & Jean Waters volunteered to help with America Recycles Day.   


Riley County presented the City of Manhattan with a ream of recycled paper to try in their copier.


Waste Sort & Characterization Update – Richard Nelson gave the committee a brief overview of the status on the wood waste study.  After reviewing the results of the nine-month study, it appears that the KSU Recreation Center and Vet Med building would be a prime candidate for continuing the wood waste to energy study.   The Riley County Law Enforcement Center was eliminated due to storage space problems and not enough wood waste available.  A suggestion was made for Riley County to look into the possibilities of a grant for the purchase of a tub grinder for the Transfer Station.  Nelson told the committee that the wood to energy process is not a cheap process and that shipping costs will be high.


Utilizing a slide presentation William Eberle reported that with one waste sort to go Riley County has 26 out of 28 categories in the waste stream.  According to Eberle the report shows that out of the waste going through the Transfer Station 27.35% is recyclable, 57.36% is compostable and 64.29% is combustible.  He also concluded that the study showed 17.5% classified as “other” included construction & demo (includes City Hall renovation project), shingles and appliances.  The study also showed that approximately 2800 tons of cardboard has gone through the transfer station since the beginning of the waste study.  A large portion of the cardboard is coming from Kansas State University and the Mall.  The last sort will be October 15, 1998.  Eberle extended an invitation to each committee member to either help with the sort or to come out and watch the process.   A motion was made to continue some form of the study as recommended by staff.  Seconded and carried unanimously.  Harden told the committee that a staff member would attend the October 12, 1998 press conference to notify the public of the waste sort on October 15, 1998.


Round #7 KDHE Implementation Grant - Monty Wedel told the committee that the deadline for KDHE Implementation Grant Round #7 is October 30, 1998.  A suggestion was made for grant round #7 to help with Kansas State University’s campus recycling program.    A motion was made for staff to proceed with making a proposal to the BOCC for KDHE Implementation Grant Round #7.  Seconded and carried unanimously.


Set date and time for next meeting/adjourn – The next meeting of the Solid Waste Management Committee will be October 22, 1998, at 7:00 in the 2nd Floor Conference room located in the Riley County Office Building 110 Courthouse Plaza.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 P.M.