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Conservation Commission Mtg 06/28/06

Minutes
Monday, June 26, 2006

   
Minutes

Conservation Commission
06/28/06
 
These Minutes were approved by Conservation Commission at the July 26, 2006 Conservation Commission Meeting.
 

June 28, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Ashland
 
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building.
 
ROLL CALL
Attendees: Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Lindsay Gerken, Kathryn Houser, and Melissa Schwisguth were present. Jim Hartman was absent.
 
City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico, arrived late due to a Council Meeting.
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid
 
The Commission members introduced themselves to each other for the benefit of any members that were not present at the last meeting. Also introduced was Larry Blake, the new Assoc. VP for Facilities Mgmt. & Planning (interim) for Southern Oregon University.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Acting Chairperson Finney asked for an approval of the April 26, 2006 and May 31, 2006 minutes.
 
Commissioner Corns made a motion to approve the minutes of April 26, 2006 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 April 26, 2006 were approved.
 
Commissioner Schweisguth corrected her introduction from the prior meeting to state she has a regular column in the Tidings, was not a permaculturist, and the spelling of the company, Dagoba from the May 31st minutes. Also noted spelling corrections to the word abstained and permaculturist.
 
Commissioner Houser made a motion to approve the minutes of May 31, 2006 with stated corrections and Commissioner Buck seconded the motion.
 
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of May 31, 2006 were approved with stated corrections.
 
PUBLIC FORUM
Jennifer Tillman/932 Tolman Cr. Rd. spoke to the Commission regarding her concern of the proposed route loss in Ashland from RVTD and the proposed rate increase. She felt fuel conservation and mass transit would be of concern to the Commission.   
 
Huelz Gutcheon spoke to the Commission regarding zero net energy homes and density bonuses. He defined zero net energy homes where 80% of the home’s foot print was solar panels.
 
There was some discussion among the members regarding the changes proposed from RVTD.
 
 
ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:
Commissioner Finney reported at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, 75,000 pounds of waste was collected. Also, out of the $1500.00 grant for florescent bulbs collection, $986.50 had been used, leaving a total of $513.50.
 
Mr. Wanderscheid reported 33 people attended the last compost class, a significant increase. He remarked they would need more bins for the next class.
 
LEED DISCUSSION
Mr. Wanderscheid reviewed his memo to the Commission entitled: US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED Program) that was included in the Commission’s packet.
 
He also reviewed Cathy Cartmill’s memo, Interviews with LEED project participants, with the Commission members.
 
The members and guests discussed at length many aspects, including the pros and cons of the LEED certifications process and how it may apply to the City of Ashland and future City projects.   The Commission asked for information regarding other companies other than LEED for comparison. The members also requested more information about tax credits and Mr. Wanderscheid will research and present the Commission with a report, options and recommendation at the next regular meeting.
 
 
OLD BUSINESS
None stated
 
NEW BUSINESS
Budget
601.64
 
Commissioner Finney made a motion to allocate $500.00 for the purchase more compost bins for the Compost classes and Commissioner Gerken seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
 
 
SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
 
1.      Education/Events
No report.
2.      Green Business
Commissioner Finney reported the subcommittee would like to focus on Hotel/Motel conservation with emphasis on energy efficiency and resource efficiency.   
 
COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Commissioner Buck reported on the Garbageland event with 160 attendees and 54 responses filled out the questionnaire/comment cards and requested more similar events. She summarized and reviewed the results with the other members.
 
Commissioner Buck would like to put Bio Diesel on a future agenda.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Wanderscheid announced the Council approved to buy 1 megawatt of wind from Bonneville for the next 4 years, which is 5% of our power. Bonneville informed him they are trying to qualify us to be a “Green Power City.
 
Next meeting date, July 26, 2006.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 9:07 pm.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Minutes

Conservation Commission
06/28/06

These Minutes were approved by Conservation Commission at the July 26, 2006 Conservation Commission Meeting.


June 28, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Ashland
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building.

ROLL CALL
Attendees: Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Lindsay Gerken, Kathryn Houser, and Melissa Schwisguth were present. Jim Hartman was absent.

City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico, arrived late due to a Council Meeting.
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid

The Commission members introduced themselves to each other for the benefit of any members that were not present at the last meeting. Also introduced was Larry Blake, the new Assoc. VP for Facilities Mgmt. & Planning (interim) for Southern Oregon University.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Acting Chairperson Finney asked for an approval of the April 26, 2006 and May 31, 2006 minutes.


Commissioner Corns made a motion to approve the minutes of April 26, 2006 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 April 26, 2006 were approved.

Commissioner Schweisguth corrected her introduction from the prior meeting to state she has a regular column in the Tidings, was not a permaculturist, and the spelling of the company, Dagoba from the May 31st minutes. Also noted spelling corrections to the word abstained and permaculturist.

Commissioner Houser made a motion to approve the minutes of May 31, 2006 with stated corrections and Commissioner Buck seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of May 31, 2006 were approved with stated corrections.
PUBLIC FORUM
Jennifer Tillman/932 Tolman Cr. Rd. spoke to the Commission regarding her concern of the proposed route loss in Ashland from RVTD and the proposed rate increase. She felt fuel conservation and mass transit would be of concern to the Commission.   
Huelz Gutcheon spoke to the Commission regarding zero net energy homes and density bonuses. He defined zero net energy homes where 80% of the home’s foot print was solar panels.

There was some discussion among the members regarding the changes proposed from RVTD.


ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:
Commissioner Finney reported at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, 75,000 pounds of waste was collected. Also, out of the $1500.00 grant for florescent bulbs collection, $986.50 had been used, leaving a total of $513.50.

Mr. Wanderscheid reported 33 people attended the last compost class, a significant increase. He remarked they would need more bins for the next class.

LEED DISCUSSION
Mr. Wanderscheid reviewed his memo to the Commission entitled: US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED Program) that was included in the Commission’s packet.

He also reviewed Cathy Cartmill’s memo, Interviews with LEED project participants, with the Commission members.

The members and guests discussed at length many aspects, including the pros and cons of the LEED certifications process and how it may apply to the City of Ashland and future City projects.   The Commission asked for information regarding other companies other than LEED for comparison. The members also requested more information about tax credits and Mr. Wanderscheid will research and present the Commission with a report, options and recommendation at the next regular meeting.


OLD BUSINESS
None stated
 
NEW BUSINESS
Budget
601.64

Commissioner Finney made a motion to allocate $500.00 for the purchase more compost bins for the Compost classes and Commissioner Gerken seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
 
1.      Education/Events
No report.
2.      Green Business
Commissioner Finney reported the subcommittee would like to focus on Hotel/Motel conservation with emphasis on energy efficiency and resource efficiency.   

COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Commissioner Buck reported on the Garbageland event with 160 attendees and 54 responses filled out the questionnaire/comment cards and requested more similar events. She summarized and reviewed the results with the other members.

Commissioner Buck would like to put Bio Diesel on a future agenda.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Wanderscheid announced the Council approved to buy 1 megawatt of wind from Bonneville for the next 4 years, which is 5% of our power. Bonneville informed him they are trying to qualify us to be a “Green Power City.
Next meeting date, July 26, 2006.

ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 9:07 pm.



Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department



















 
   
Minutes

Conservation Commission
06/28/06

These Minutes were approved by Conservation Commission at the July 26, 2006 Conservation Commission Meeting.


June 28, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Ashland
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building.

ROLL CALL
Attendees: Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Lindsay Gerken, Kathryn Houser, and Melissa Schwisguth were present. Jim Hartman was absent.

City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico, arrived late due to a Council Meeting.
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid

The Commission members introduced themselves to each other for the benefit of any members that were not present at the last meeting. Also introduced was Larry Blake, the new Assoc. VP for Facilities Mgmt. & Planning (interim) for Southern Oregon University.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Acting Chairperson Finney asked for an approval of the April 26, 2006 and May 31, 2006 minutes.


Commissioner Corns made a motion to approve the minutes of April 26, 2006 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 April 26, 2006 were approved.

Commissioner Schweisguth corrected her introduction from the prior meeting to state she has a regular column in the Tidings, was not a permaculturist, and the spelling of the company, Dagoba from the May 31st minutes. Also noted spelling corrections to the word abstained and permaculturist.

Commissioner Houser made a motion to approve the minutes of May 31, 2006 with stated corrections and Commissioner Buck seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of May 31, 2006 were approved with stated corrections.
PUBLIC FORUM
Jennifer Tillman/932 Tolman Cr. Rd. spoke to the Commission regarding her concern of the proposed route loss in Ashland from RVTD and the proposed rate increase. She felt fuel conservation and mass transit would be of concern to the Commission.   
Huelz Gutcheon spoke to the Commission regarding zero net energy homes and density bonuses. He defined zero net energy homes where 80% of the home’s foot print was solar panels.

There was some discussion among the members regarding the changes proposed from RVTD.


ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:
Commissioner Finney reported at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, 75,000 pounds of waste was collected. Also, out of the $1500.00 grant for florescent bulbs collection, $986.50 had been used, leaving a total of $513.50.

Mr. Wanderscheid reported 33 people attended the last compost class, a significant increase. He remarked they would need more bins for the next class.

LEED DISCUSSION
Mr. Wanderscheid reviewed his memo to the Commission entitled: US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED Program) that was included in the Commission’s packet.

He also reviewed Cathy Cartmill’s memo, Interviews with LEED project participants, with the Commission members.

The members and guests discussed at length many aspects, including the pros and cons of the LEED certifications process and how it may apply to the City of Ashland and future City projects.   The Commission asked for information regarding other companies other than LEED for comparison. The members also requested more information about tax credits and Mr. Wanderscheid will research and present the Commission with a report, options and recommendation at the next regular meeting.


OLD BUSINESS
None stated
 
NEW BUSINESS
Budget
601.64

Commissioner Finney made a motion to allocate $500.00 for the purchase more compost bins for the Compost classes and Commissioner Gerken seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
 
1.      Education/Events
No report.
2.      Green Business
Commissioner Finney reported the subcommittee would like to focus on Hotel/Motel conservation with emphasis on energy efficiency and resource efficiency.   

COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Commissioner Buck reported on the Garbageland event with 160 attendees and 54 responses filled out the questionnaire/comment cards and requested more similar events. She summarized and reviewed the results with the other members.

Commissioner Buck would like to put Bio Diesel on a future agenda.

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Wanderscheid announced the Council approved to buy 1 megawatt of wind from Bonneville for the next 4 years, which is 5% of our power. Bonneville informed him they are trying to qualify us to be a “Green Power City.
Next meeting date, July 26, 2006.

ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 9:07 pm.



Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department



















 
Minutes

Conservation Commission
06/28/06

These Minutes were approved by Conservation Commission at the July 26, 2006 Conservation Commission Meeting.


June 28, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Ashland
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building.

ROLL CALL
Attendees: Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Lindsay Gerken, Kathryn Houser, and Melissa Schwisguth were present. Jim Hartman was absent.

 
City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico, arrived late due to a Council Meeting.
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid

The Commission members introduced themselves to each other for the benefit of any members that were not present at the last meeting. Also introduced was Larry Blake, the new Assoc. VP for Facilities Mgmt. & Planning (interim) for Southern Oregon University.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Acting Chairperson Finney asked for an approval of the April 26, 2006 and May 31, 2006 minutes.


Commissioner Corns made a motion to approve the minutes of April 26, 2006 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 April 26, 2006 were approved.

Commissioner Schweisguth corrected her introduction from the prior meeting to state she has a regular column in the Tidings, was not a permaculturist, and the spelling of the company, Dagoba from the May 31st minutes. Also noted spelling corrections to the word abstained and permaculturist.

Commissioner Houser made a motion to approve the minutes of May 31, 2006 with stated corrections and Commissioner Buck seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of May 31, 2006 were approved with stated corrections.
PUBLIC FORUM
Jennifer Tillman/932 Tolman Cr. Rd. spoke to the Commission regarding her concern of the proposed route loss in Ashland from RVTD and the proposed rate increase. She felt fuel conservation and mass transit would be of concern to the Commission.   
Huelz Gutcheon spoke to the Commission regarding zero net energy homes and density bonuses. He defined zero net energy homes where 80% of the home’s foot print was solar panels.

There was some discussion among the members regarding the changes proposed from RVTD.


ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:
Commissioner Finney reported at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, 75,000 pounds of waste was collected. Also, out of the $1500.00 grant for florescent bulbs collection, $986.50 had been used, leaving a total of $513.50.

Mr. Wanderscheid reported 33 people attended the last compost class, a significant increase. He remarked they would need more bins for the next class.

LEED DISCUSSION
Mr. Wanderscheid reviewed his memo to the Commission entitled: US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED Program) that was included in the Commission’s packet.

He also reviewed Cathy Cartmill’s memo, Interviews with LEED project participants, with the Commission members.

The members and guests discussed at length many aspects, including the pros and cons of the LEED certifications process and how it may apply to the City of Ashland and future City projects.   The Commission asked for information regarding other companies other than LEED for comparison. The members also requested more information about tax credits and Mr. Wanderscheid will research and present the Commission with a report, options and recommendation at the next regular meeting.


OLD BUSINESS
None stated
 
NEW BUSINESS
Budget
601.64

Commissioner Finney made a motion to allocate $500.00 for the purchase more compost bins for the Compost classes and Commissioner Gerken seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
 
1.      Education/Events
No report.
2.      Green Business
Commissioner Finney reported the subcommittee would like to focus on Hotel/Motel conservation with emphasis on energy efficiency and resource efficiency.   

COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Commissioner Buck reported on the Garbageland event with 160 attendees and 54 responses filled out the questionnaire/comment cards and requested more similar events. She summarized and reviewed the results with the other members.

Commissioner Buck would like to put Bio Diesel on a future agenda.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Wanderscheid announced the Council approved to buy 1 megawatt of wind from Bonneville for the next 4 years, which is 5% of our power. Bonneville informed him they are trying to qualify us to be a “Green Power City.
Next meeting date, July 26, 2006.

ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 9:07 pm.



Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department






































 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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