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2013-11-06 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Date and Location:

  • November 6, 2013
  • Lunchetos, Millstone, NJ

Call To Order:

Joann Gemenden called the meeting to order at 10:43.  Joann said the topic must be important since this is the largest meeting in a very long time.  All participants at the meeting introduced themselves.

Approval of Minutes:

Minutes will be put on the web from the July 24, 2013 meeting held in Trenton.  The approval of such minutes will need to attended to at the next meeting

Treasure’s Report:

Chris Sikorski provided a Treasurer’s Report.  He stated $18,051.70 is the current balance as of the date of the meeting.  Chris mentioned that National Bulb became our newest member and the current balance reflects their membership dues being deposited into the account..  Chris finally stated that the association will be providing one free lunch for each member at this meeting.

Paintcare Paint Recycling Legislation :

Alison Keane, Vice President of American Coating Association (ACA), which was entity that created Paintcare, provided an overview of the proposed paint recycling program.  She explained ACA is an advocacy associations for the paint vendors/industries in the U.S.  The ACA represent about 95% of paint manufacturers in the U.S and there is no other group like them in the U.S.

Today’s discussion is about architectural paint, the type of paint likely to be covered by the proposed paint recycling legislation.  Paintcare gets involved in the recycling of the paint.  Alison stated NJ’s traditionof latex paint drying is not practical and a pain in the butt and doesn’t lead to the recycling of paint.

In 2003, the ACA started to address the issue of paint recycling.  This type of product stewardship program was running in Canada and helped provide the template for the legislation being adopted at the state level all around the U.S.  The paint industry saw the writing on the wall that stewardship programs would be established and unless Paintcare designed and implemented the programs themselves, they may be forced to participate in and pay for programs they don’t believe in.  In 2009, Paintcare formed as a nonprofit organization.  Paintcare personnel operate the programs and implement them whereas ACA is still only an advocacy group, separate from Paintcare.

Alison opines that legislation is needed because voluntary participation isn’t a model that works.  The mandate and regulation is needed in that they  also provide a sustainable financing system to keep the program going.  There is also an anti-trust element to the legislation, allowing for one company (Paintcare) to do this work on behalf of the consumers.  Therefore the state agencies must enforce the program and the program must be approved by NJDEP, as part of the anti-trust exemptions elements of the legislation.  Additionally, there is a annual reporting and audit requirement to make everything transparent.  In the rest of the country, programs are scheduled to come online in 2014 in Maine, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Vermont. They hope 2015 for NJ if the legislation gets passed.

During implementation, Paintcare will reach out to the entities that currently do the work and Paintcare’s program will try to fit in to whatever the current situation is locally with providing funding for the handling of the covered paints.  They will start with a “do no disturb” motto to try to make it work best as the program establishes itself.  They will also begin working with retailers.  They will fill in the gaps with retail drop-off locations.  Paintcare programs have traditionally accepted latex from businesses while NJ programs have not.  This is an issue we will have to work out with the counties that preclude businesses.  Paintcare will even potentially pickup directly from businesses with large quantities.  They anticipate working with the HHW vendors we work with in NJ, that is who they anticipate contracting with in NJ.

With respect to education, they will either do a soft or a full blown launch of the program, it is up to us.  If there is a lot of pent up demand, they will do paint only events before barraging municipal programs with all the pent up paint programs.

The status of paint legislation was asked.  Alison replied that there are two bills introduced, one in the Senate (Beach) S.2958 and Spencer in Assembly (A-4470). She noted that after the election, we sill have these sponsors, so we are happy about this.   Senator Beach has been waiting to do this quickly.  These bills will probably be heard during beginning of 2014, as opposed to during 2013 lame duck session.

Of note, in Oregon latex paint gets recycled, but we are not sure it will happen in NJ.  There is some hope this program will invigorate the recycled paint market locally once established.  Oil-based is always recycled and used for fuel blending.  Paintcare will be looking to recycle the latex paint and would not want to incinerate it as it will seek the highest use for recycling the materials.

With respect to retailer participation, Lowes does not currently collect anything and they have a problem with the program in that they do not want to become a recycling facility.  They are forced to do so in Canada but don’t participate in these programs in the U.S.  Alison prefers pushing people to small paint retailers like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Ace, etc. as opposed to the big box stores just to give them the foot traffic.  Joann mentioned that outdoor storage is sometimes difficult for small stores like this. Alison says they do frequent pickups to handle these situations. Many of the ANJHHWC member’s concerns regarding the pending legislation are in response to the problems currently going on the NJ’s E-waste programs.  Members asked for ACA to consider also including aerosols and marine paints in the list of covered paints, since these are generated residentially, especially down the shore.  She said aerosols are likely to be added in the future and they will look into marine coatings as more east cost states come on board.

Joann thanks Alison fortraveling to our meeting and providing us with such a comprehensive update.  Joann thinks our next step is to propose some modifications so we can have a unified support of a bill.

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30pm

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2013-07-24 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Meeting Location:

  • Trenton Thunder Staium, Trenton, NJ

Call To Order:

The meeting was called to order at 10:00am by Joann Gemenden.

Approval of Minutes:

A motion was made to approve minutes from March 27, 2013 meeting held at the Burlington County Eco-Complex, this motions was seconded and unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Sikorski provided a Treasurer’s report.  I reported that the ANJHHWC has a balance of just over $17,000 and he provided a report on the audit of the books to the group that was done by the Tom Burbridge and Melissa Harvey.  He reported on membership by the various counties.

Dry-Cell Battery Recycling Report:

Todd Ellis of Call2Recycle provided a report on rechargeable battery recycling program that Call2Recycle operates.  He reported that collections in NJ are increasing continually which is great and we have big increases in the tonnages being recycled.  The retail sector experienced the biggest increase and the biggest decrease was in the public sector.  This is good as all the publicity has help to sustain this program and to move the management of these batteries from the government sector to private sector retail outlets.  Joann thanks Call2Recycle for implementing such a comprehensive and convenient system for the collection and recycling of these batteries.  Reenee Casapulla stated she has had problems getting reporting on batteries and E-waste from Staples even though they do accept and recycle these materials.  Todd mentioned that he could provide battery recycling numbers from Staples themselves to us and he could reach out to get Staples to report better on all their recycling.  As far as chemistry, small seal- lead acid batteries have had the biggest increase and Lithium showed the biggest drop-off.  A lot of this switch is due to the fact that the lithiums are often sealed within devices.  Joann reported that Verizon’s FIOS service is changing out all their UPS batteries and leaving the discarded batteries with residents to recycle and we need to get Verizon to recycle them directly as opposed to leaving them for residents to bring to their respective HHW programs.

E-Waste Recycling:

Guy Watson reported on E-Waste in NJ.  He stated there are some issues with E-waste these days so Guy is going to report on it as his office recently surveyed everyone on their programs.  Guy stated that things changed dramatically in some areas of the state in that residents are calling NJDEP and complaining that firms aren’t recycling E-waste for free anymore and recyclers are now charging since they are being charged for CRTs without being reimbursed for accepting material from manufacturers.  Companies reaching obligations started not accepting materials anymore by May of the year.  Guy is concerned about reaching obligations by May when NJ has established very high obligation levels.  Joann suggested a statewide stakeholders meeting on this matter because public sector bailed out manufactures and their obligations to manage these materials on their own.  We need manufactures to appreciate the fact that the public sector helped them out establishing e-waste programs in NJ in accordance with the E-waste recycling law.  Larry Gindoff reported on MorrisCounty’s situation where a local scrap yard, Don-Jon, that handled many municipal-waste recycling programs withdrew from providing service without much warning.  Guy stated he thinks and audit of facilities and programs is in order.  In Camden, the fact that they are inundated with scraps yards leads it to being the wild west of E-waste.  People are recommending Camden stop all curbside collection to help the scavenging problem.

Paint Program Update from Ed Waters:

Joann welcomed Ed Waters to the 3rd straight meeting.  Ed reported that NJ SenatorBeach is their sponsor of the legislation.  They had work through concerns with the model legislation with respect to the need to attach fining mechanism in the bid.  With Paint Care being a private entity and prices being set by private business, the legislation had to make sure there were no anti-trust issues which would need to get resolved.

Universal Waste Recycling:

Emilia Puro from National Bulb described their bulb pickup service which they do on demand from municipalities.  Their office is in South Jersey but their recycling facility is in Elizabeth.  They provide boxes and transport included in the price of recycling bulbs.

Joann discussed thermostat recycling programs and her conversation with Scott Cassell of Product Stewardship Council.  The Thermostat Recycling Corp. runs a manufactures program in several states.  It is available to all HHW programs for a small fee.  They send is a green bin with a liner in it they can mail it back to manufacturers, there is a one-time fee of $25 for the box, but that is to cover the box.  The program is old and a bit stagnant but it may make sense for us.  Joann will reach out to them if this makes sense.Joann suggested we all go to TRC website and survey the facilities that accept thermostats in each county.

Medicine Disposal:

It was reported that medication disposal is expanding into each county with part of Operation Take Back.

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.

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2013 Schedule of New Jersey HHW Events

2013HHWEvents_PDF_PrintScreenBelow, and attached as a PDF, is the result of a recent survey of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators regarding the dates of household hazardous waste events scheduled for New Jersey in 2013.  Click here to view the 2013 HHW schedule and NJ contact list by county.

Common abbreviations:

  • HHW– household hazardous waste
  • UCE—used consumer electronics

Note: The events listed are only for those counties who provided information. Please contact the proper County for details on these events.

  • January 5 Atlantic
  • March 2 Atlantic
  • March 9 Bergen, Hunterdon
  • March 17 Middlesex
  • March 23 Camden, Somerset
  • March 30 Ocean
  • April 13 Cumberland
  • April 14 Bergen
  • April 20 Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, Union
  • April 27 Ocean, Somerset
  • April 28 Passaic, Warren
  • May 4 Atlantic, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth
  • May 11 Cape May
  • May 18 Bergen, Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex
  • May 19 Hudson, Morris
  • June 1 Ocean, Union, Sussex
  • June 8 Cumberland, Passaic, Somerset
  • June 15 Salem
  • June 22 Camden, Morris
  • June 23 Bergen
  • June 29 Mercer
  • July 13 Atlantic, Hunterdon
  • July 20 Bergen
  • July 21 Middlesex
  • August 3 Union
  • August 17 Salem
  • September 7 Bergen
  • September 14 Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Morris, Somerset
  • September 21 Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex
  • October 5 Essex, Monmouth, Passaic
  • October 6 Hudson
  • October 12 Atlantic
  • October 19 Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Morris, Salem, Union
  • October 20 Bergen
  • October 26 Somerset
  • November 2 Atlantic, Bergen, Sussex
  • November 9 Hunterdon
  • November 17 Middlesex

2013-03-27 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Meeting Location:

  • Burlington County EcoComplex

Call To Order 

The meeting was called to order at 10:15am by JoAnn Gemenden.  Introductions of all the persons attending followed.

Attendance:

  • A copy of the sign-in sheet from the meeting is provided below:

SKMBT_C28014011509360Approval of Minutes: 

A motion was made to approve minutes from December 5, 2012 meeting held in Long Branch, this motions was seconded and unanimously approved.

 Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the treasurer report and a summary is provided.  Chris gave summary of the expenses related to the training from the previous month.  JoAnn commented that she thought the training class was really well received and the trainer was very competent.  JoAnn gave kudos to Diana Vigilante for organizing the class.   JoAnn suggested that for the future we should focus on the more difficult material in the morning so we are ready for it when we have all our energy.

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Electronics Subcommittee Report:

JoAnn reported on the activities of the electronics subcommittee and she is thinking its work is almost over.  The subcommittee developed a promotional campaign and we just never got the money to implement the advertisement element of the campaign. JoAnn was seeking advice to see if people want to spend some of the ANJHWWC’s own money itself on the ads.  Guy Watson suggested not to give up on NJDEP yet and that JoAnn should try to break this log jam to get this done.  Guy provided a brief description of the issues that were preventing the matter from coming to fruition.  Reenee Casapulla reported that Samsung and LG are both seeking to provide funding for their promotional programs.  JoAnn mentioned that Diana was working on an OEM donation letter that may make sense with respect to the Samsung and LG program.  The listing of OEMS is available to on the DEPs website. Guy suggested reading the Transparent Planet report by Lauren Roman on the issue of problems associated with recycling e-waste.  Guy stated based on this report, we need to use caution when selecting firms that offer money for CRT recycling since they will have to cost money to recycle properly.  If someone is offering money for E-waste then there is a chance they are just stockpiling and not processing and recycling it.

Reenee mentioned her new vendor is looking into a new technology for handling CRTs but it isn’t up and running yet. Guy mentioned that a recent GAO report states that exports of E-waste and CRTs is way down, but finding markets remains problematic. 

Guy gave an update on the REA grant situation that he provided at the recent ANJR meeting.  He assured us that the money being taken from the REA for general fund will be reimbursed by July 2013 and we should know what we will get in July 2013.

Paintcare Program with Ed Waters

Ed Waters of the New Jersey Paint Council/Chemistry Council provided some good news with respect to the proposed Paintcare paint recycling program.  StateSenatorBeach will be introducing Paintcare bill in May.  They will be working with Assemblywoman Grace Spencer to work on the Assembly version of the bill.    They have been working with NJDEP and the administration on this legislation and to date, they haven’t gotten support or denial.  They see the retailers being a potential obstacle for them. While Home Depot and Walmart have been neutral on supporting the program, Lowes is getting a little more supportive. 

Ed has hope to get legislation adopted by the end of the year.  They are working on drafting legislation using the models of CT, OR and other states.  He is hoping there may be a regional approach to paint recycling between NY, NJ and CT.

2013 Programs and General Issues:

JoAnn is trying to compile a listing of HHW dates for 2013, so JoAnn asked for them so the website with 2013 HHW can be updated. 

JoAnn went into smoke detectors. what is the current issue with them.  Fred Stanger went over the issue and found Curie Environmental Service from New Mexico takes smoke detectors back for a fee.  For everyone’s edification, they are called smoke alarms and not detectors. They will accept smoke alarms via UPS ground up to certain levels with restrictions.  Home owner cost to mail to Curie is $8/ alarm.  They sell a Curie Pack which holds 25 alarms cost $219 for disposal.

Only ionization types of alarms, approximately 80% of those used, contain radioactive elements, the other types aren’t radioactive. For everyone’s edification, do not eat smoke alarms because that is when the radioactive element is most dangerous. 

Medication Disposal: There are now full time drop-off programs in each county.  Alain warned that the web site http://disposeofmymeds.org is hit or miss with respect to the participating agencies. Rich Baroch stated CVSs are beginning to take back non-narcotic medicines.

Nominating Committee: Dan went over nominating committee that was made up of he and Fred.  The committee received nomination for current slate of officers consisting of Larry Gindoff (Secretary), Diane Vigilante (VP), Chris Sikorski (Treasurer) and JoAnn Gemenden (President).  Daniel opened up nominations to anyone else for consideration.  He stated that if we take the re-elect the current slate this is the final year since there is a three year limit on the position except for Treasurer.  With no additional nomination being presented, a motion was made by Melinda Williams for appointment of the current slate and seconded by Reenee Casapulla, this motional was unanimously approved.

Reenee brought up the matter of getting wind breakers for ANJHHWC for members with our logo on it with potentially with sponsors logo on the jackets.  She mentioned this is done in NY.  Alain stated there maybe 501(c) issues with it, so this needs to be tabled and this point and researched before we act on it.

Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 11:55am.

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Executive meeting:  The executive board conducted a meeting prior to the meeting of the entire membership to discuss county membership and whether to ask the full membership if they want to consider using ANJHHWC money to fund advetsements related to the E-waste promotional campaign.   The executive meeting was adjourned at 9:30am.

2012-09-25 – ANJHHWC Meeting Minutes

Meeting Location

  • John T. Dempster Fire Training Center
    350 Lawrence Station Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ08648

Attendance – A copy of the sign-in sheet from the meeting is provided below:

2012-09-25 Attendance Scan

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made to approve the meeting minutes from the previous meeting from Minutes were approved

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Sikorski provided the treasurer’s report to the ANJHHWC, which is provided below as an attached Statement of Account chart.

2012-09-25 Theasurers Report Scan

Training Sessions for Members

Diana Vigilante was provided quotes for an 8-hour refresher HHW training for the ANJHHWC.  She stated that we need to figure out who to have and where to have it, but it is likely to be somewhere in Central NJ.  We want to do it sometime in early winter before we begin our 2013 HHW events.  A motion was made to approve the J Gibbons quote in the amount of $1,300.  This motion was seconded and approved by all.  We anticipate the fee for members will be $100/person.  We will try to get registration forms this fall for the winter sessions.

E-Waste Update

ANJHHWC’s E-waste campaign is was commenced thanks to Covanta  JoAnn gave update on our ad campaign and lack of action by NJDEP, in contravention of the law requiring NJDEP to do provide an education effort to support the E-waste law.  So far NJDEP has not complied with this requirement.

When NJDEP discovered the tool kit went out to retailers, NJDEP contacted ANJHHWC and asked how the NJDEP can help.  JoAnn got an E-mail back from Vicky K. of NJDEP asking follow-up questions regarding the ANJHHWC campaign but to date, nothing else materialized.

JoAnn mentioned the ANJHHWC had a virtual subcommittee meeting a few weeks ago and that we decided we need about $10,000 for a promotional campaign if we use the battery campaign as a template.  ANJHHWC received pricing on ads, of which $5,800 would be for transit ads, covering 19 of the 21 counties with spending the rest on web ads.  JoAnn thinks this is another opportunity for manufacturers to step up and help out in the ads.  Newtech offered some support and JoAnn explained how we will try to spread the wealth and provide the promotional coverage as is appropriate for the vendors.

Regarding the tool kit mailing, JoAnn gave a summary of what happened to distribute this over the past months.  Reenee reported that a radio station up by her got the packet and transmitted the PSA over the air on several occasions.

JoAnn brought up the concept of NJ and NY teaming up on a grant application for an EPA grant on a regional basis that gets NY off the ground and gets funding for NJ.  Ken Armelino from Covanta serves on the NY Recycling Board and he brought it up with them and the “team-up” concept works, so we decided to get a committee together to work on this grant.  There is potential for $216,000 from the EPA.  JoAnn is looking for a little help on this.

JoAnn asked Guy about NJDEP action regarding our E-Waste Campaign.  Guy stated New Jersey’s procurement procedures for the NJDEP required them issue an RFP if the cost of something will be over $17,500.  He suggested that if the ANJHHWC modifies the grant proposal to be under the $17,500 and submit and scope of work to NJDEP, they maybe permitted to award us this grant as a service.  This would be after they verify the ANJHHWC’s proposal is the cheapest of at least 3 proposers.  JoAnn stated she will be sending a letter to NJDEP letting them know our intention to apply for the previously mentioned EPA grant in cooperation with NJDEP.

Producer Responsibility Issues:

JoAnn mentioned several of us participated in a paint recycling discussion at a recent Recycling Coordinators meeting and this issue is come to the front since Oregon recently implemented such a program.  JoAnn stated that even though Union County doesn’t spend money on paint management directly, they do spend time discussing proper paint management with residents that call in for information.  JoAnn liked what Oregon is doing in that drop-off sites are retail establishments.   ANJR sent out a survey last week following this meeting asking questions on each county about their paint amounts and costs.  For those that pay by car the cost and the quantity of paint management is estimated to be around 65% of the costs of HHW management.

Guy mentioned the industry is likely to sponsor legislation themselves in NJ.

Guy stated the Governor conditionally vetoed amendments to Electronic Recycling Act which had proposed to bring enforcement of E-waste regulations in line with enforcement currently performed under solid waste management act.

Procurement of Services

Reene of Sussex County brought up procurement issues she had in a recent bid that enabled her agency to not select an unqualified bidder.  She shared the language from her recent bid that enabled her to disqualify a low bidder that was determined to be unreliable.    He bid requires submission of DOT records from bidders so she could check on them and their records with respect to DOT issues.  Sussex Co. now also requires a certification of compliance or non-compliance from bidders as a means to evaluate each bidder.  Each bidder had some type of infractions, but the firm they rejected didn’t include this required certification and which provided the ability to dismiss the low bid.

Insurance and bonding are other elements that can be used to keep the bidders as reliable vendors.

Propane and Other Types Tanks

Ron Berenato of AtlanticCounty potentially found a market for a variety of cylinders from Ohio like propane, Freon, O2, etc. The problem is he is in Ohio and needs a critical mass to come here to NJ.   Ron and Fred Stanger agreed to form a subcommittee to explore this concept.  Insulation in the form of 2-part tanks are a new item showing up now as HHW.  They are a severe problem now.

County Program Updates:

  • Middlesex – No Major updates, status quo.
  •  Somerset – Cutting back in programs due to economy.  Sheriffs are taking drugs at their programs.  They recently executed a new E-waste contract with Newtech and now people can drop-off E-waste weekdays.
  •  Hudson – Small drop in participation due to no longer advertise accepting latex paint at programs, but they do still accept latex if delivered, short of that, HudsonCounty is status quo.
  •  Passaic – 3 days/year, status quo.
  •  Morris – Participation is up slightly from last year.  MorrisCounty has noticed more and more tanks for insulation coming into the programs.  Isocyanate is the foam insulation product we are all discussing.
  •  Ocean – They had 5 events in spring and 5 events in fall.  Participation is down since they have year-round paint program but the paint costs for the County are through the roof.  Ernie Kuhlwein asked members at the meeting about what they do with ammunition and firework waste.
  •  Mercer – Status quo, 3 scheduled events and 2 E-waste events.
  •  Camden – 6 one-day events and  3 E-waste events.  Car counts seem about stable, with volume going up a bit.  They current collect and spend a lot on latex paint, they are contemplating dropping the acceptance of it in next year.  They are looking to consider a permanent E-Waste drop-off site.
  •  Sussex – Their program is status quo with 2 events/year.  They have never taken latex paint at their programs.
  •  Gloucester – They dropped from 8 days to 4 days last year but numbers slowed down a bit and 4 days seems to be the appropriate level to meet the demand.  They haven’t taken latex paint since 2008 and it saved them quite a bit of money.  They did this because they want to use their hazmat money for hazardous materials and not the non-hazardous material such a latex paint.
  •  Salem – They increased events from 2 to 4 events though the overall volume hasn’t increased.  They expanded to 2 satellite events.  They do not accept latex.  One strange item that came into her program this year was expired home canned food, 7 cases of it from a person.   Salem provides E-waste recycling twice-a-week at their convenience center and participation keeps increasing.
  •  Atlantic – Status quo.

Vendor Updates:

  • Radiac – Nothing new and exciting but they are up a little in performing events in the Northeast.  They currently have 4-5 counties programs in New Jersey.  They see volumes of waste batteries declining now that alkalines aren’t coming into HHW programs.   Other batteries are a pain to deal with.  They now accepts smoke detectors for a cost of $25/detector as a special program if anyone is interested.
  •  MXI – They have been dabbling with Connecticut’s paint program
  •  Newtech – Renewed license with NJDEP recently – Manufacturers are pushing back on taking materials.  Battery management is an important issue in its certification process.

NJDEP Update

  • Ed Neiliwocki provided an updated on the release of grants to counties for the money collected as part of the Recycling Enhancement Act. He stated his office just received an email with preliminary numbers for REA program – Grant numbers are preliminary because the $5.5 million is a NJ Treasury estimate.    As soon as numbers are confirmed, they will send out spending guidelines.  Guy states the number will not go down.  Treasury stated there was $18 million in fund so the $5.5 million is and will be there.  This $5.5 million is in comparison to $5.5 million they distributed last year.

Next Meeting

Holiday Meeting – Chris was contacted by McLoones again like last year.  Chris will evaluate prices and will try to select one of their sites down the shore.  We are targeting Dec. 5, 2012.

Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 11:55am.

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Executive meeting:  At 12:15 the executive board conducted a meeting discussed how to exchange documents and emails without having to get together. .  The executive meeting was adjourned at 12:30