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Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission (View All)

Conservation Commission Meeting 01/23/08

Minutes
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

 
ASHLAND CONSERVATION COMMISSION
MINUTES
7 p.m. – January 23, 2007
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Russ Chapman, standing in for Chairperson.
Attendees:
            Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Jim McGinnis, Tracy Harding,
            And Kerry KenCairn.
City Council member and Chair: Dave Chapman, not present
Staff representative: Dick Wanderscheid

Chairperson Chapman welcomed new member: Kerry KenCairn and members took turns with introductions.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Acting Chairperson Chapman called for the approval of the minutes for November 28, 2007.

Commissioner Corns made a motion to approve the minutes and Commissioner Hartman seconded the
motion.
Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

PUBLIC FORUM
No one present to speak.
 
ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE
Commissioner Buck reported on the following items for Ashland Sanitary:
 
Recycling in 2007
Compact fluorescent light/tubes-3,200 pounds or 1.6 tons. Cost
   was $2,984.25
Nursery Plastics—4,280 pounds
Leaf Diversion—60k in 2006, 99k in 2007.
Bio diesel usage by Ashland Sanitary Trucks
Master Recycle Program
Oregon Green Schools
Twine Collection program
Multi-Family Recycling
Tour of Landfill/transfer station, Biomass, Dry Creek
Post Office/recycling bag in lobby
SOU capstone presentation to Sustainability Council
Demolition Rules
Plastic Bag recycling program
Commissioner Buck requested to put on the March Agenda Demolition Waste discussion.

OLD BUSINESS
July 4th Recycling Discussion
The Ashland Chamber of Commerce plans to meet in early February. Both Commissioners
McGinnis and Chapman plan to propose ideas for conservation/recycling at the 4th of July event.
They asked to put this item on the February Agenda to update the Commission.

Memo, Bottled Water
Dick Wanderscheid asked for direction with this memo regarding banning purchasing practices of
bottled water for the City of Ashland. The Commissioners requested Dick revise the memo’s gray
areas, and would like to make a recommendation to the City Council to enact policy, after further
review. This item is to be placed on the next agenda.

Sponsorship for Solar Video-update
Dick Wanderscheid clarified that along with the Conservation Commission’s contribution of $500.00
toward the production costs for this video, the Conservation Department also contributed $500.00.
The Commissioners requested a link on the City’s web site to access this video.

Sub-Committee Reports
  Education
       There was a brief report regarding the annual Earth Day
       Event by Commissioners Chapman and Buck.

Green Business
Dick Wanderscheid reported for Robbin Pearce that the Green Business now has 15 businesses with 10 applications in the process. The Commissioners would like to see the City of Ashland become a Green Business and there were a lot of discussions about how that could be implemented.

Car sticker/Carbon offset Update-Jim Hartman
Commissioner Hartman passed out a flyer design that could be placed in the window of a vehicle
instead of an actual bumper sticker. The group discussed different ways to promote and restructure
parts of the flyer. The costs associated are smaller, and there were also suggestions of putting the
design on the City Web site where citizens could print them directly. He will bring back a final copy
at the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS
2030 Challenge Targets adopted by California Energy Commission
Commissioner McGinnis discussed the possibility of the City adopting a similar approach as the targets adopted by the California Energy Commission for potential energy efficient future buildings.

Goal Setting
The members went over potential goals and revisited last year’s goals. The Commission asked Mr. Wanderscheid to organize their discussion in a memo that could help finalize the 2008 goals.

Budget Items
None submitted.

COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON AGENDA

Dick Wanderscheid asked for direction regarding the annual “thank-you ad” the Conservation Commission
and the Conservation Department place to recognize Adopt a Street, Green Business and Renewable
Pioneer participants. The Commissioners discussed placing the ad in different outlets
 
Mr. Wanderscheid also reported to the Commission about the successful bid process regarding the Solar
Pioneer II Project. He would report back to the Commission the results of the City Sub-Committee meeting
scheduled for January 29th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next Meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2008.

ADJOURNMENT 
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.



In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Community Development office at 541-488-5305 (TTY phone number is 1-800-735-2900). Notification 72 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to the meeting (28 CFR 35.102-35.104 ADA Title1).
 

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