Agendas and Minutes

Conservation and Climate Outreach Committee (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, February 23, 2005



Conservation Commission
These Minutes are preliminary pending approval by Conservation Commission at the March 30, 2004 Conservation Commission Meeting.

February 23, 2005– 7:00 p.m.
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Chairperson, Alex Amarotico, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building.
Attendees: Charles Bennett, Ross Finney, Joanne Krippaehne, Carol Carlson, Russ Chapman, Bruce Moats and introducing Kate DeWayne. Paige Prewett and Jim Hartman were absent.
City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid, Larry Giardina
Student Liaison: none present

Chairperson, Alex Amarotico asked for an approval of the January 26, 2005 minutes.
Commissioner Finney moved to approve the minutes as stated and Commissioner Krippaehne seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of January 26, 2005 were approved.


The City Recorder, Barbra Christensen and the Assistant City Attorney, Mike Reeder did a presentation on Public Meetings, Records and Ethics.

None present
Commissioner Chapman announced all of Ashland Sanitary events are on the web site and brought a copy for the Commissioners.
Household Latex Paint Disposal-April 15, 16
Chipper Day at the Transfer Station-April 30, Oct 8
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal-May 6, 7
Discount Day at Transfer Station-June 11
Free Composting Class-To Be Announced
Free Leaf Recycling-November 8, 22
Also, he submitted an article from the AOR Newsletter for the Commissioners.
Adoption of 2005 Goals
  • Research and recommend ways for the City to continue and possibly expand the Citys commitment
to purchasing or encouraging Green resources as a part 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, possible including Rain water and Grey
                        water initiatives
  • Continue the conservation Commissions educational classes and outreach.
  • Continue to support the cities for Climate Change initiative.
Commissioner Chapman moved to approve the goals as stated and Commissioner Krippaehne seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The draft goals for 2005 were adopted.
Adopt a Street/Storm Drain Program
Cathy Cartmill was not able to attend, but submitted a written report to the Commission updating them on the Adopt-A-Street program and the Storm Drain Stenciling Program.
Commission members discussed using volunteers or hiring at risk youth through Jackson County to do stenciling. Staff member, Larry Giardina volunteered to research and report back to the Commission.
Rain Water/Grey Water Issues
Larry Giardina presented a report to the Commission on Building Code Provisions for Greywater, Reclaimed Water, Harvested Rainwater and On-Site application of Rainwater.
Commissioner Krippaehne stated the original purpose of the research was to discuss regulatory impediments to rainwater harvesting and hoped to discuss incentives for residential applications.
The Committee discussed different areas and ideas and talked about the City of Portlands storm water management manual. Mr. Wanderscheid remarked that one of the Council Goals this year is to review water conservation savings and the Conservation Department would also present any reports they give to the City Council to the Commission.
Compost Classes
Commissioner Chapman expressed the desire to better advertise the compost classes by the City and he would include some advertisement with his Ashland Sanitary ads. Mr. Wanderscheid offered to contact Claudia Law about teaching the classes again, and the Committee was interested in holding the classes in May, June and July this year.
Budget $2,935.00
No changes to the budget.
Mr. Wanderscheid announced the annual Association of Oregon Recyclers will be held in June 23, 24, 25 at Eagle Crest resort in Redmond, and if any members wanted to attend the Commission would reimburse members for tuition and mileage.
1.      Historic Conservation
No report.
2.      Education/Events
Earth Day Event April 23, 2005.
3.      Green Business
Mr. Giardina announced Helping Hands is now a green business and his department is receiving more interest from businesses becoming green businesses.
The next meeting will be held on March 30 due to spring break.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department

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