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Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission (View All)

Regular Meeting

Minutes
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

 

Minutes

 

Conservation Commission

05/23/07

 

These Minutes will be reviewed by Conservation Commission at the July 25, 2007 Conservation Commission Meeting.

 


May 23, 2007

6:00 pm
Community Development Building

51 Winburn Way

Ashland

 

 

CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Chapman called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm in the Siskiyou Room at the Community Development Building.

 

 

ROLL CALL
Attendees:  Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, and Melissa Schweisguth.  Stuart Corns, Kathryn Houser and Tracy Harding were not present.

 

City Council Liaison: Dave Chapman

Staff Liaison: Cathy Cartmill     

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Chairperson Chapman asked for an approval of the minutes.

 

The following corrections were noted:

            Under Chris Thomas, change products to recycling

            Spelling of Congregational Church and Wagner Architect

            Change compostable garbage to eat ware

            Remove Green from Conservation Department brochure

           

 

Commissioner Chapman made a motion to approve the minutes of April 25, 2007 with the stated corrections and Commissioner Buck seconded the motion.

 

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

 

 

PUBLIC FORUM

Huelz Gutcheon commented on a few subjects: June was energy month in Congress, gas prices will rise to 6-10 dollars a gallon, Independence/oil dependence day, and the calculation of 50 square miles of water would be needed to grow enough food for our town.

 

 

ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE:

Cathy Cartmill referenced an article about New York City’s yellow taxi fleet becoming hybrids in 5 years, a total of 13,000 vehicles.

 

 

Commissioner Buck reported:

·         The Rogue Valley’s Hazardous Waste Disposal days yielded the highest participation to date: 1.235 household cars and 55 participants in the business program.  The gross weight of material processed was 122, 031 pounds

·         Free nursery plastic recycling drop off at the Water Street depot will continue until June 1, 2007.  They have collect 7 bags of approximately 420 pounds of nursery plastics.

·         Talent Elementary school collected the most telephone books in our annual drive, and received a $400.00 check.  Walker Elementary was 2nd and received a $200.00 check.  She also mentioned Talent composts on site all their pre and post consumer food material and eventually use it in their school garden.

·         The Association of Oregon Recyclers Annual Conference is June 21-23rd in Redmond, Oregon and will be attended by Commissioners Chapman and Buck.

·         The Conservation Commission has 2 more free composting classes left, June 16th and July 21 at the recycling center.  The May 12th class had 30 participants.

·         Discount Day at the Transfer station is Saturday, June 16th. Participants will receive a $3.50 discount and Ashland Sanitary will donate $1.75 to ACCESS Food Bank for every customer that comes out that day.

·         Ashland Sanitary has 2.532 Residential Green Debris customers, 27 Commercial Green Debris Customers and 17 Commercial Compost customers including 3 Ashland schools.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

A.      Formation of sub-committee to support new goals

Set aside, put on next agenda.

 

B.     Meeting Time

Set aside, put on next agenda.

 

C.     Rainwater Collection update

Commissioner Buck reported she met with Robbin Pearce of the Conservation Department and gathered more information, but not much progress was made in May due to other employees absent/vacation.  They will update more in June.

           

D.     Solar Project II update

Chairperson Chapman gave a brief report of the Council meeting where it was determined to form a sub-committee to explore the options for the Solar Pioneer Project II. First meeting will be June 6, 10:30am at the Electric conference room.  Commissioner Buck would not be able to attend the sub committee meeting and expressed her support for the program that would be creating a new tier of community involvement in solar energy, increasing the ability for more participation.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

A.      Plastic Bag Ban update

Set aside to address budget.  Commissioner Buck

 

B.     Budget

Commissioner Hartman made a motion to allocate $100.00 to the Adopt A Street program, Commissioner Chapman seconded the motion.

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

Commissioner Hartman made a motion to allocate $160.00 of green tags to offset the transportation for the Conservation Commission. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Chapman.

 

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

 

 

SUBCOMMITTEE DISCUSSIONS

None

 

COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA

The Commissioners decided if Tracy could commit to the 7pm meetings, the next meeting would be at 7pm, and she responded she would be able to commit

 

Commissioner Hartman left at 6:50, ending the needed quorum for the Commission.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next meeting date, June 27, 2007 7pm

Community Development Center

 

 

ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm.

 

Commissioner Buck briefly discussed the information she found out about banning plastic bags, the need to collect and repurpose them.  She also would like to find out how other cities have been addressing this issue.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Administrative Assistant to

Electric/Telecommunications Department

 

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