February 12, 2024 Meeting Minutes

East Central Solid Waste Commission

Commission’s Office, Mora, MN


February 12, 2024

The regular meeting of the East Central Solid Waste Commission was held on January 8, 2024, at East Central Solid Waste Commission Main Office, Mora, MN.  Chairman Green called the meeting to order at 9:00 am.

Members present at the meeting included:  Chisago County Commissioner Richard Greene, Isanti County Commissioner Bill Berg, Kanabec County Commissioner Alison Holland, Mille Lacs County Commissioner David Oslin, and Pine County Commissioner Steve Hallan via video call from Pensacola Florida.

Advisory Member Present – Executive Director Janelle Troupe.

Others present at the meeting included:  Assistant Director John Kellas, ECSWC, Cami Van Able, Foth, Lisa Thibodeau, Chisago County Tracy Emerson, ECSWC.


All present said the Pledge of Allegiance


Commissioner Berg moved to approve the agenda second by Commissioner Holland, all in favor, motion carried (5-0).


Commissioner Holland moved to approve the Meeting Minutes January 8, 2024, second by Commissioner Hallan, all in favor, motion carried (5-0).


Additions to Claims: (the item will be on the paid claims list for the next meeting, it came in after the claims lists were completed.)

  1. QED – $1,966.00 Calibration of gas meter reader.

Commissioner Berg moved to approve the Claims List, Paid Claims List, the Additional Claims List, Hauler Rebate, second by Commissioner Holland all in favor of paying the Claims List 59 items ($228,768.22), the additional claims 4 items ($7,156.98), the Paid Claims List 13 items ($38,376.70), Payroll 13 items ($261,586.90), Hauler Rebate ($113,319.56), and the addition to claims ($1,966.00) all in favor, motion carried (5-0).


Better Futures Minnesota Service Agreement


This agreement has been reviewed by Resse Frederickson, Pine County Attorney.  He found it to be a good contract.

We are responsible for providing the working space, which will be an area in the shop in Cambridge, we also need approval for 2 containers for them to use.

Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the purchase of 2 containers, second by Commissioner Oslin, all in favor, motion carried (5-0).

Staff is paid by Better Futures. $20/hour.

Commissioner Berg would like to be involved in the next meeting in Cambridge.

Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the Chairman and Executive Director to sign the Agreement second by Commissioner Berg, all in favor, motion carried (5-0).


Commissioner Hallan received a phone call from Carlson Timber out of Sandstone, MN.  They are trying to diversify into hauling garbage, demo, etc.  They are a logging company that has the equipment to take the demo out of the garbage. They just wanted us to be informed they are around if needed.

The DOT has completed the Rail Study in Pine County, and the transfer station land area is perfect for their own transfer area.

Ms. Van Able from Foth commented with an overview of the landfill expansion.  Foth is getting worried about the timing with the MPCA, the board may need to get involved.

CON is completed, the main hold up now is the Environment Review.  Commissioner Berg questioned when we would be in trouble, Ms. Van Able stated they have 180 days to review after everything is completed.

Commissioner Greene asked if this is going to hold up construction and can we put up for Bid?  Ms. Van Able stated we can put it up for bid, but it’s hard for contractors to give a bid without knowing when they can start.


For month ended December 31, 2023, the ECSWC realized a net income on an accrual basis of $264,440.  On a cash flow basis for the month of December there is an increase in cash of $249,447. Un-obligated cash less upcoming cash outlays at the end of the month was $3,264,304.59.

Reserve accounts for landfill expansion, hauler rebate, operating contingency and host facility fund total $9,575,704.

Commissioner Berg moved to approve the November 30, 2023, Financial Statements second by Commissioner Holland, all in favor, motion carried (5-0).


The March Meeting is scheduled for Monday March 11, 2024, at 9:00 am at the ECSWC main office in Mora.


Chairman Greene asked for a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Berg moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 am second by Commissioner Oslin all in favor, motion carried (5-0).

Respectfully Submitted,

Tracy Emerson, Recording Secretary

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