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Recycling Committee Minutes 031109
Wednesday, March 11, 2009  4:00 PM

Call to Order  Committee members present and answering roll call:
        Sally Bitan, Kelly Fernald, Steve Hendry (via phone), John Henson, Bill McMahon
Non-Committee members present:
        Ellen Planer (Town Clerk), Jay Reynolds, Bonny Rodden

Item 1  Approval of Last Meeting's Minutes--All
  • The meetings from the February 9, 2009 meeting were accepted.
Item 2  Swearing in of Members--Ellen Planer
  • Ellen Planer (Town Clerk) swore in committee members for terms beginning January 1, 2009.
        Bill McMahon and John Henson -- 1 year term
        Kelly Fernald -- 2 year term
        Sally Bitan -- 3 year term
  • To be sworn in at a later date: Satoria Pelton (2 year term), Steve Hendry (3 year term)
Item 3  Update on Town Council--Bonny and Jay
  • The budget was not changed for silver bullet locations or collections.
  • The focus will be on introducing and/or increasing fees for waste that the town incurs a cost to dispose.  For items which the town does not currently collect a fee the proposed fee was 50% of Portland's fee for the same item.
  • The committee voted on, and approved the fee schedule presented by Jay, with one change suggested.  The committee recommends that the Town does not charge a fee for disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
  • The committee voted on, and approved a recommendation to increase the fee for bulky items from $6.00 to $8.00.
Item 4  Update on Regionalization--Jay and Bonny
  • The RFP for the regionalization of trash and recycling collection has been sent out.
  • The bids for the work will be opened on April 1, 2009.
  • The RFP includes the options for weekly and bi-weekly curbside collection of recyclables.
Item 5  Review Mission of Committee--Steve
  • Steve reiterated the mission statement and reminded the committee to use it to guide our work.
  • Jay agreed to post the mission statement on the Recycling Committee website.
  • A suggestion was made to print the mission statement and hang it in the Public Works conference room where we meet.
Item 6  Other Business--All
  • Jay agreed to update the list of committee members posted on the Recycling Committee website.
  • The Town Council would like an update from each committee at its meeting on March 23.  We were unable to confirm Steve's availability because the phone was disconnected.
  • Bill will contact Missy at ecoMaine and ask that all Recycling Committee members receive the recycling reports.  Bill will also ask Missy about hosting a meeting of Recycling Committees from member communities.
Item 7  The remainder of the agenda was tabled until the April meeting.

Item 8  Next Meeting Date
  • The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009 (moved from April 8 due to Passover) at 4:00 PM at Parks & Public Works.
Item 9  Adjournment
  • The meeting was adjourned at 5:07 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Bill McMahon
Secretary, Falmouth Recycling Committee


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