Minutes of SWANA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Members Meeting
6 October 2006, Inn of the Rio Grande, Alamosa, CO
President Leonard Butler called the Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America annual Member's meeting to order at 1:52 pm, Mountain Daylight Time.
No addition to agenda was made. Laurie Batchelder Adams/John Briest moved/seconded to adopt the agenda. Motion carried.
Based on the results of the 24 ballots received, the following board of directors/officers were elected to serve for the 2006-2007 year: The new board of directors are: John Briest (President), Laurie Batchelder Adams (Vice President & International Board Director), Deborah Barton (Secretary), Stephen Gillette (Treasurer), Kathy Claes, Roger Doak, Susie Gordon, Dick Sprague, Cathryn Stewart, and Leonard Butler (Past -President),.
Laurie Batchelder Adams gave a brief overview of WasteCon 2006 held in Charlotte, NC 18-22 September 2006. National SWANA has over 7700 members and is fiscally in the best financial health ever. WasteCon exceeded expectations. SWANA is looking for ways to improve its training programs. One of the options being considered is a loan program similar to the electronic/computer upgrade loans from chapters to the national office. The end result is having the training programs put on a tighter turn around schedule for updating and reviewing. Next year’s WasteCon will be held in Reno, NV, 14-18 October 2007.
Discussion held on obtaining a sales tax exemption certificate from the Colorado Secretary of State. Leonard Butler has been in contact with Barry Shanoff, the national SWANA attorney. He will be able to complete the paperwork needed to include the IRS determination of status of the chapter as a 501 c 3 entity under the national SWANA. The charge would be $300 for this service. Deborah Barton/Laurie Batchelder Adams moved/seconded to spend the $300 to obtain the necessary documentation to obtain a Colorado Sales Tax Exemption. Motion carried unanimously without further discussion.
Jeff Callahan, member from Boulder, made a brief presentation on a project that they have begun on researching options on using glassphalt in the state of Colorado. The research is to determine paving specifications, paving options, overview of failures and successes in the use of glassphalt in Colorado, and hosting a pilot study. Boulder has 700 tons of glass ready to donate to a pilot study. The end result would hopefully be a set of standard specifications for the use of glass in paving projects throughout the state of Colorado to be used by Department of Transportation, County Roads and Municipal Public Works. Boulder’s elected officials have requested Mr. Callahan obtain partnership funds from various entities to help offset the $20,000 current contract with LBA Associates. Among questions asked was who else had been contacted, what were their responses, how much is being asked (what is the stipend needed), and will the study also consider contamination levels in glass as many entities that recycle glass may not have optical sorters to significantly reduce contamination in the broken glass. Among the entities contacted to date are Waste Management of Colorado (WM) as they are involved with the single stream system for the city and county of Denver, Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR), and SWANA. CAFR has turned down the request due to budgetary considerations. WM has not yet responded. Mr. Callahan was asked if he had approached the county and municipal leagues for the state for possible research funds. He had not done so to date. Batchelder Adams was asked the procedures for the National SWANA’s research projects. She stated that those funds are a separate foundation and are not a part of the membership fees or the operating budget of SWANA. John Briest/Deborah Barton moved/seconded to table the motion until the November board meeting in order to allow the full board to review and consider and meet to make a final motion. The comment was made that the chapter may be setting a precedent that needs careful consideration. Motion carried with one abstention (Laurie Batchelder Adams).
Susie Gordon announced that the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) will be holding their annual national congress in Denver year and CAFR will be the hosting organization. The dates for the congress are 16-19 September 2007.
The next meeting of the board of directors is scheduled for 14 November 2006 (a second Tuesday) at 7 am to be held at the Cracker Barrel on 120th and I-25 beginning at 7 am. One of the topics to be discussed is hosting a Hauler’s Road-E-O next spring. Adam Lovato, member from Thornton is willing to help explore the possibility of having this event. Any member of SWANA is welcome to attend the monthly meetings.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:19 pm.
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