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Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission (View All)

Conservation Commission Mtg 02/22/06

Minutes
Wednesday, February 22, 2006

   
Minutes

Conservation Commission
02/22/06
 
These Minutes were approved by Conservation Commission at the March 22, 2006 Conservation Commission Meeting.
 

February 22, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Ashland
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. in the Community Development Building.
 
ROLL CALL
Attendees: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Joanne Krippaehne, and Paige Prewett. Russ Chapman, and Stuart Corns were absent.
City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico
Staff Liaison: Larry Giardina

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Chairperson Amarotico asked for an approval of the January 25, 2005 minutes.
 
Commissioner Prewett corrected the following statement to read:
Commissioner Chapman reported the original $500.00 grant for the fluorescent tubes and bulb has been reduced by $235.00 since December 1, 2005.
Commissioner Krippaehne made a motion to approve the minutes of January 25, 2006 with stated corrections and Commissioner Finney seconded the motion.
 
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of January 25, 2006 were approved with stated corrections.

PUBLIC FORUM
Huelz Gutcheon spoke to the Committee regarding zero net energy analysis. He believes zero net energy homes could be maintained for as little as 300 square foot per person and would address affordable housing. He would like to see a 20% density bonus for a zero net energy home with south facing roofs and fat walls.
 
Melissa, an associate of Larry Giardina introduced herself and explained her interest in conservation issues and the Committee. Becky, another interested party in conservation, introduced herself and also has worked with Commissioner Prewett.
 
ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:
 
Commissioner Prewett reported for Commission Chapman, the Bio Mass tour date was February 28th, the next Tuesday from 11:45 to 4pm. She also reported there was another $80.00 worth of bulbs shipped leaving a balance of $685.00 from that grant. Compost classes were scheduled for June 3, July 1, and August 5, 2006.  
 
 
OLD BUSINESS
Goal Setting
Mr. Giardina reported a priority that effected Electric and Conservation Departments, was a target of 2% per annum for meeting the electric supply with renewables. (non-Hydro renewables) The Commission discussed costs and different alternatives such as all of the growth being carbon neutral. He explained we were installing solar locally and purchasing environmentally preferred power through wind power. The Commission discussed load growth, load limits, environmentally preferred power options based on costs, and a solar community project.
 
The members discussed draft goals for 2006-7 as follows:
 
  • Research and recommend ways for the City to continue and possible expand the Citys commitment to purchasing or encouraging green resources as apart of the Citys power mix.
 
  • Research and implement ways to more effectively market:
 
            Commercial Green Waste participation
            The Renewable Pioneer/Green Tag Program
            The Adopt a Street/Storm Drain Stenciling Program
            The Green Business Program
            The Citys Water Conservation Programs, including rain water
 
  • Continue the Conservation Commissions educational classes and outreach.
 
  • Continue to support the Cities for Climate Protection initiative.
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
Budget
$1,088.74
No items submitted.
 
 
SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
 
1.      Historic Conservation
No report.
2.      Education/Events
No report.
 
3.      Green Business
No report.
 
 
COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Commissioner Prewett announced Earth Day, April 22, and asked the other members to be available. Mr. Giardina reported the Council approved the Density Report proposal.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Four Commissioners plan not to renew their term at the end of April, 2006: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Paige Prewett and Joanne Krippaehne.
 
Next meeting scheduled for March 22, 2006 at the Community Development Building.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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