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Agendas and Minutes

Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Minutes
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

These Minutes are preliminary pending approval by Conservation Commission at the July 28, 2004 Conservation Commission Meeting.

June 23, 2004– 7:00 p.m.
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Ashland

CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson, Alex Amarotico, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building..

ROLL CALL
Attendees: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Ross Finney, Joanne Krippaehne, Bruce Moats. Lisa Black was also present. Russ Chapman, Jim Hartman, and Paige Prewett were absent.

City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico
Staff Liaison: Cathy Cartmill
Student Liaison: Heidi Hubert not present

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The chairperson, Alex Amarotico asked for an approval of the June 23, 2004 minutes.

Commissioner Carlson asked that the minutes reflect the reason the truck was being sent back, under Items not on agenda and questioned the spelling of commingling. Ms. Black spelled commingling correctly for the record. Ms. Cartmill corrected some spelling, corrected tree seed to tree city, and also energy efficiency be changed to energy efficient programs under Old Business, first paragraph, for clarification.

Commissioner Finney moved to approve the minutes with stated corrections and Commissioner Carlson seconded the motion.

Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of June 23, 2004 were approved with stated corrections.

PUBLIC FORUM

No speakers present.

ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:

Lisa Black reported she put temporary stickers on the downtown bins, but has new ones on order.

Ms. Black spoke with the Parks Department about the contamination at both North Mountain Park and Lithia Park, and reported the Lithia Park containers are almost always contaminated. The containers at North Mountain Park were usually clear of contamination. North Mountain Park is picked up 2 times a week, and Lithia Park is picked up 3 times a week. She spoke again with her contact in Manhattan Beach to see if their percentages have improved for recycling and they reported to her 18 out of 20 containers were contaminated.

Commissioner Bennett perceived 2 out of 20 containers “a gain” and asked about other possible negatives that Commissioner Chapman would address when he returns to the next meeting. The members discussed further options and ideas. Commissioner Carlson volunteered to walk through Lithia Park and view the containers and talk with people about the recycling containers.

Ms. Black reported Ashland Sanitary has 5,044.00 commingling containers within the community and receives daily responses for new service and also for service with the green waste carts.

Councilman Armarotico asked about Ashland Sanitary’s involvement with the downtown area and Ms. Black referred the question to Commissioner Chapman when he returns next month.

Ms. Black announced Ashland Sanitary has a new web site: www.ashlandsanitary.com. She then passed out the current Market Report.

OLD BUSINESS

    A. Report on Downtown Recycling bins, Ms. Black reported under Ashland Sanitary.

    B. Update on compact florescent lamp disposal Cathy Cartmill reported about the research she accomplished with recycling florescent lights. Ashland Sanitary accepts florescence bulbs for 30 cents a foot and American Appliance will accept them for $1.35 per bulb, with a $5.00 minimum. She reported Energy Starr would be doing two pilot programs that would not charge the customer. She will keep the Commission updated about the progress of these pilot programs.

The Commission members discussed different ideas for disposal such as: sponsoring a one-day collection, offering a rebate when customer purchases a new bulb, coupons, sponsoring a free bin, market transformation, deposits, education, and looking for a long term sustainable strategy.

Ms. Cartmill suggested the web site www.lightsite.net/ebulletin/downloads for more information.

    C. Compost Class dates Ms. Black announced she has made some flyers for the compost classes being held on July 10, July 31, and September 18, 2004.

    D. Proposal from BEF for remaining budget funds The proposal from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation was read and discussed by the Commission.

Commissioner Krippaehne moved to allocate out of the remaining budget, $10.00 more for an umbrella and 25 green tags and the balance of $201.00 to BEF for marketing and PR materials for renewable energy. Commissioner Carlson seconded the motion.

Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

New Business

No new business presented.

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

    1. Green Business

    Commissioner Finney spoke with Ms. Cartmill and Mr. Giardina to discuss the software program used for modeling energy use in buildings. Ms. Cartmill already had the program from when she was involved with Commercial, and Mr. Giardina will spend some time reviewing the program. Commissioner Finney asked for a follow up report.

    2. Education/Events

    Commissioner Krippaehne will pick up the display at the library.

    Commissioner Carlson invited topics of interest for classes and felt bio-diesel seemed to be creating a lot of interest.

    Commissioner Krippaehne spoke with the Historic Commission to see if they wanted to form a partnership with the Conservation Commission in regards to educating the public about restoring older homes to become more energy efficient.

    The members discussed resources for a presentation format. The members discussed next winter co-sponsoring with the Historic Commission different types of presentations for the public and possibly expanding the presentations to include remodeling. Commissioner Bennett asked to put this item on the agenda for the next meeting.

    Commissioner Carlson spoke of expanding the topics for classes at the Community Garden based on educational values and interest from the Community.

Commission Items not on the Agenda

Commission members adjourned to view pictures from Commissioners Bennett’s recent trip to Japan and the photos of recycling in that country.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant
to Electric Department

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