COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Merrill Mundell, Chair, Wilmington; David Schoales, Brattleboro; Louis Bruso, Jr., Jamaica; Cheryl Franklin, Guilford; Tony Gordon, Marlboro; Tim Franklin, Vernon; and Jan Ameen, Westminster.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: Jim Damato, Readsboro.  

WSWMD STAFF PRESENT: Bob Spencer, Executive Director and Kristen Benoit, Program Coordinator/ District Clerk.

OTHERS PRESENT: Patrick Moreland, Brattleboro Assistant Town Manager; Michelle Cherrier, Dummerston Board of Supervisor; Judith Flower, Jamaica Selectboard, Gig Zboray, Readsboro Board of Supervisor.

Mr. Mundell called to Meeting order at 5:40 p.m.

1) Changes and/or Additions to Agenda: The Finance Committee agreed to discuss the WSWMD Charter, Section 417-15 Voting, which reflects the current method of assessment (population) with Agenda Item #6, Discussion of Alternative Funding Methods.

2) Approval of Minutes from 9/28/16: Motion made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of September 28th as presented.

3) Review of September Check Register: The Finance Committee reviewed and discussed various expenditures on the check register.

4) Review of September 2016 Financials: The Finance Committee reviewed and discussed the WSWMD Financial Statements for the Three Months Ending September 30, 2016, including sale of recycled materials and worker’s compensation insurance expense.

5) Discussion and Review of FY 2018 Budget: The Finance Committee discussed two proposed draft FY 2018 budgets, one reflecting existing operations and one reflecting the elimination of the District’s recycling collection and processing operations. Discussions included assessment methods, services offered, closure of the District’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), employee retention, and expenses transferred to community towns. The Finance Committee agreed to present both budgets at the Board of Supervisors Meeting.

The Finance Committee reviewed and discussed the Recycling Services Quotes with Monetary Values Spreadsheet handed out at the meeting. The spreadsheet reflects costs member communities would incur to continue recycling collection services that would no longer be offered by WSWMD if the Board votes to close the District’s MRF. Mr. Spencer noted the spreadsheet does not include costs to member towns that offer 24/7 recycling drop-off services and may want to continue to offer those services to its residents.

6) Discussion of Alternative Funding Methods: None

7) Executive Session (if needed): None

8) Next Financial Committee Meeting: November 10th at 5:30 p.m.

9) Other Business as Legally Allowed: None


Kristen Benoit, District Clerk