WINDHAM SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
APRIL 9, 2009
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Merrill Mundell, Chairman, Wilmington; Elizabeth Frye, Guilford; Jane Southworth, Brattleboro; Tony Gordon, Marlboro; James Damato, Readsboro; and Jan Ameen, Westminster.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: None
WSWMD STAFF PRESENT: George Murray, Executive Director; Paul Grandmaison, Finance Manager; Joe Kowalski, Operations Manager; Phil Baker, Assistant Operations Manger, William Young and Dale Bessette.
OTHERS PRESENT: Neal Carter, Treasurer of the Board of Supervisors; Doris Knechtel, Chairperson of the Boards of Supervisors; Mike Coutermanche, Vernon Board of Supervisor; Ezekiel Goodband, Dummerston Selectboard; Cheryl Franklin; Tim Franklin; Norman Mallory; Mary Malloy; Reed Cutting; Craig Goodenough; Alex Bartlett, Andrew McFarland and Dennis McCarthy.
The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m.
1.) Approval of Minutes:
Motion made, seconded and carried to accept the Minutes of March 12, 2009 without objection.
2.) Discussion of public comment from the Public Hearing on Monday, April 6, 2009:
Mr. Mundell gave the Finance Committee an overview of the Public Hearing held on Monday April 6, 2009. Questions and comments at the Public Hearing concerned the Capital Equipment Set Aside and possible ways the district may generate more cash.
Mr. Kowalski informed the Finance Committee about “Sorting for Nickels”. The staff is sorting aluminum and glass containers to be redeemed at Putney Road Redemption. The staff has modified the way they sort and it has been successful, but the program does require additional people from the community service work crew. To date, the district has earned $4,130. Chris from Putney Road Redemption is paying the district the premium price of 6 cents a can and provides the transportation.
3.) Proposed Budget Discussion:
Motion was made by Mr. Mundell to recommend the budget to the Board of Supervisor’s. Seconded by Mr. Gordon and passed unanimously.
Ms. Southworth asked if the Finance Committee could get monthly reports on the budget and revenue, monthly reports on budget versus actual and monthly check registers. An intensive discussion ensued regarding an accrued basis accounting system versus a cash basis accounting system.
3.) Check Register:
Mr. Mundelll told the Finance Committee that unless there are specific questions regarding the check register; he would prefer to discuss it at the Board of Supervisor’s Meeting to give everyone a chance to review it collectively.
Motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Kristen E. Benoit