August 9, 2021 Board Minutes

East Central Solid Waste Commission

Commission’s Office – Mora, MN


August 9, 2021


The regular meeting of the East Central Solid Waste Commission was held on August 9, 2021 at East Central Solid Waste Commission main office, Mora, MN.  Chairman Greene called the meeting to order at 9:00am.


Members present at the meeting included: Chisago County Commissioner Richard Greene, Isanti County Commissioner Dave Oslund, Kanabec County Commissioner Dennis McNally, Mille Lacs County Commissioner Phil Peterson, and Pine County Commissioner Steve Hallan.


Advisory Member Present – Executive Director Janelle Troupe.


Others also present at the meeting included: Gene Kramer, Arthur Township, Lisa Thibodeau, Chisago County, Bruce Rehwaldt, Foth.


Chairman Greene called the meeting to order at 9 AM.




All present said the Pledge of Allegiance




Commissioner Oslund moved to approve the Agenda, second by Commissioner Hallan, all in favor, motion carried (5-0)




Commissioner Peterson moved to approve the Meeting Minutes July 9, 2021 second by Commissioner Oslund, all in favor, motion carried (5-0)




Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the Claims List, Paid Claims List, Hauler Rebates for 2nd Quarter, and the Additional Claims List, second by Commissioner McNally, all in favor of paying the Claims List 44 items ($127,724.60), the Paid Claims List 4 items ($15,205.35), Payroll 12 items ($110,620.09), the Additional Claims List 11 items ($16,714.75), all in favor, motion carried (5-0)








Director Troupe reported for the month ended June 30, 2021 ECSWC realized a net income on an accrual basis of $190,499.74. On a cash flow basis, for the month of June, there is an increase in cash of $136,111.71. Un-obligated cash less upcoming cash outlays at the end of the month was $4,195,695.83.


Reserve accounts for landfill expansion, hauler rebate, operating contingency, and host facility fund total $4,231,876.40.


The funds in June are invested as follows:


The money market checking account at First Citizens National Bank earns .10%, the CDs earn 2.25%.  The Magic Fund rate is .02% and Unity Bank current interest rate is .25%


The CDs come due in July 2023, so we will have those rates for another year.



Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the June 2021 Financial Statement, second by Commissioner Peterson, all in favor, motion carried (5-0)

Cambridge Building Fire


Director Troupe reported that Cambridge Transfer Station had a fire at approximately 3:30 on July 12, 2021.  Staff worked hard using the loader to take the burning materials outside the building but a load of pallets started on fire.  At that point, the fire department was called and they quickly responded.  Bill Becklin from Whitney and Becklin out of Cambridge came out to examine the structure that evening.  Further inspection was completed the following morning that allowed continued operations inside the building the following day as long as winds below 40mph and no snow.


MCIT has hired Guy Engineering to provide them with a structural report.  The initial verbal is for replacement of the metal siding, and work on two of the vertical steel columns.  The roof was protected by insulation and only some of the insulation need replacement.


Director Troupe suggested that the building get repaired.  If the Board wishes to make plans to build a new building, there will be a lot of work, permit modification.  Building permits, building design.


The Board consensus was to repair the existing building and planning should begin for a new building.




After discussion, it was decided that the concrete should be repaired as planned if possible.




Director Troupe reported that it is very hard to find part-time help:  they want full time and no Saturdays. We are getting applicants but it seems that they are making application just to make application, they do not respond when asked to come in for an interview.


Director Troupe commented that we may need to be closed occasionally on a Saturday because of employee shortage.


Commissioner Peterson left.




Gene Kramer provided some pictures of the fence along Imperial Street that had broken top rail.




The September Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September, 2021 at 9:00 am at the Cambridge Transfer Station.




Chairman Greene asked for a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Hallan moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05, second by Commissioner McNally, all in favor, motion carried (5-0)



Respectfully submitted,





Janelle Troupe, Executive Director







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