March 22 Approved Minutes

East Central Solid Waste Commission

Commission’s Office, Mora MN


March 14, 2022


The regular meeting of the East Central Solid Waste Commission was held on March 14, 2022 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: Cami VanAbel from Foth, Tracy Emerson and Gerrald Nohner from ECSWC.




All present said the Pledge of Allegiance




Commissioner Oslund moved to approved the Agenda, second by Commissioner Peterson. All in favor, motion carried (5-0)




Commissioner Peterson moved to approve the Meeting Minutes February 14, 2022 second by Commissioner Oslund, all in favor, motion carried (5-0)




Chairman Greene asked about the service on the 850K dozer, Gerrald explained what it was and why it was so expensive to fix.



Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the Claims List, Paid Claims List, the Additional Claims List, second by Commissioner Peterson all in favor of paying the Claims List 46 items ($158,196.53), the Paid Claims List 7 items ($16,955.06), Payroll 13 items ($116,822.76), all in favor, motion carried (5-0)






Director Troupe asked for interviews of potential candidates for the Assistant Director Position be held immediately following the April 11 Board Meeting.


All Commissioners agreed to stay and complete the interviews.




Director Troupe reported for the month ended January 31, 2022 ECSWC realized a net loss on an accrual basis of $43,240. On a cash flow basis, for the month of January, there is an increase in cash of $10,097.38. Un-obligated cash less upcoming cash outlays at the end of the month was $4,515,781.


Reserve accounts for landfill expansion, hauler rebate, operating contingency, and host facility fund total $5,553,983.


Commissioners Hallan and McNally questioned the scale fee income, and the scale fee in general.


Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the January 2022 Financial Statement, second by Commissioner Oslund all in favor, motion carried (5-0)


Building for Equipment


Commissioner McNally requested a discussion about a building that the compactor could be stored in to keep it out of weather.


Staff has suggested that we re-visit the idea of purchasing Knife River’s property for the future landfill expansion.  There was a time when Arthur Township recommended ECSWC purchase that property.  In the later years, Arthur Township decided that ECSWC could not purchase any additional property.  Director Troupe contacted Knife River and they said if we would sell it would be nothing less than $5,000 per acre.


Director Troupe commented that we could use used oil as the heat source since we do have so much equipment, we have the used oil.


Commissioner McNally suggested a building on skids that could be moved around if need be with a propane heater.


Commissioner Peterson suggested we contact Latchen and see what they can come up with.


Topic was tabled for more information.



CPI Increase


Every year we adjust the MSW Tipping Fee according to the Consumer Price Index for all items.  This year, the amount is reported to be 7.4%


MSW per ton will increase from current rate of $61.70 to $66.27 starting July1, 2022 with a motion by the Board


Commissioner Peterson moved to approve the CPI increase, second by Commissioner Oslund, all if favor, motion carried (5-0)


Holiday Saturdays


Director Troupe requested on Monday Holidays we be closed the Saturday before the holiday.


Commissioner Greene added we need to advertise ahead of time to give notice to everyone.


Commissioner Hallan moved to approve the Holiday Weekends, second by Commissioner Oslund, Commissioner McNally opposed, motion carried (4-1)





The April Meeting is scheduled for Monday April 11, 2022 at 9:00 am at the ECSWC Main Office.






Chairman Greene asked for a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Peterson moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 am, second by Commissioner Oslund, all in favor, motion carried (5-0)




Respectfully submitted,



Tracy Emerson




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