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Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission (View All)

Conservation Commission Regular Meeting

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

7 p.m. – September 26, 2007
Siskiyou Room
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way

These minutes will be approved at the next Conservation Commission Meeting, October 24, 2007.
Chairperson Chapman called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm in the Siskiyou Room at the Community Development Building. The Conservation Commission members introduced themselves to Jim McGinnis, the newest member of the Conservation Commission.

Attendees: Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Jim McGinnis, and Melissa Schweisguth., Tracy Harding was not present.

City Council Liaison: Dave Chapman
Staff Liaison: Robbin Pearce   

Chairperson Chapman asked for an approval of the July 25, 2007 minutes.

The following corrections were noted:

            Stuart Corns, not Cotts
            ClearStream containers under Ashland Sanitary
            Spelling of fluorescent, other grammar errors
            Risa Buck reported on information regarding banning of plastic water bottles,
            not banning plastic bottles in other cities.

Commissioner Finney made a motion to approve the minutes of July 25, 2007 with the stated corrections and Commissioner Buck seconded the motion.
Voice Vote: all Ayes
The motion passed with a unanimous vote with stated corrections.

Noone present

Chairperson Chapman read a letter of appreciation to the Conservation Commission regarding their purchase of Green Tags. Commission McGinnis stated it would be beneficial to implement an impartial Q & A segment on the web site regarding green tags for the public to participate in or just to have for informational purposes. Commissioner Chapman remarked on the Southern Oregon Students who have voted and will implement purchases of approximately 17,000 green tags for the next 5 years, totaled approximately $600,000.


Commission Buck reported Ashland Sanitary collected 8,320 pounds of Latex Paint. Because of the success, Ashland Sanitary has decided to make this event twice a year, instead of only once.
Commissioner Buck went over a list of upcoming events and reminded everyone to view their web site
            Nursery plastics collection-November 6th through November 20th
            Fall Leaf recycling-two separate days, November 6ht and November 20th.
Commissioner Buck, Chapman met with the Parks and Rec’s Dept. representatives and discussed more recycling options. Commissioner Buck will attend a recycling conference next week.

Additional Compost Class
 Commissioner Buck reported the class will be October 6th, from 10-12

Commission Buck made a motion to give Denny Morelli a 150.00 gift card to the Grange Coop in appreciation for teaching the compost classes. Commission Hartman seconded the motion.

Voice Vote: all Ayes
The motion passed with a unanimous vote,

Worm Bin Compost Class
 Commission Buck reported North Mountain Park will contribute a $10.00 contribution, if matched by the Conservation Commission towards a citizen’s purchase of a compost bin.

Commission Finney made a motion for the Conservation Commission to pay $10.00, with a matching contribution by North Mountain Park toward the purchase of a Compost Bin, up to a maximum of $300.00. Commisson Schweisguth seconded the motion.

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

The next worm compost class will be held at North Mountain Park, November 6th.

Sub-Committee Reports
No report stated.

Green Business
  Robbin Pearce reported the committee contributed to revising and redesigning the Green Business Program. They established a Green Team who will meet with businesses to recertify and promote green
business. Robbin would like to make presentations at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce , Rotary Club and other organizations in the area.   She also stated any business, small or large, self employed or incorporated, has the capacity to become a green business.

Car sticker/Carbon offset
Commission Hartman passed around a rough draft of a car bumper sticker that promotes Green Tags
“Drive Less, Offset the Rest”, was the main design, and asked if the Commission
would support this project. The members discussed different ideas for the bumper sticker, including asking
BEF to help fund the project. Commissioner Hartman will have the sticker designed and bring it back to the

July 4th Recycling Discussion
 Commission McGinnis reported to the Commission about a prior attempt to help educate and support recycling during the City of Ashland’s 4th of July event. He stated two components were necessary, a visible presents in the parade with adults and children also doing an educational aspect, and the vendor’s active participation in recycling efforts.

The Commission members discussed a lot of different aspects concerning the reality of recycling during this event.

Commissioner McGinnis made a motion that the Conservation Commission approach the Chamber of Commerce to add a permanent expanded recycling component to the 4th of July event. Commissioner Finney seconded the motion.

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

Phase out of Bottled Water Purchase by the City
Robbin Pearce briefly went over the letter attached to the packet regarding the usage of bottled water within the City of San Francisco. The Commission asked for some clarification and Robbin will report back at the next meeting.

Salmon Festival
The Commission decided to have a joint table with the Conservation Department at the event. Commissioner Buck volunteered to be there from 1-3pm. The event is scheduled on October 6th, from 11-4.

Budget Items
There were no other new items presented.
Commissioner Buck stated that Jared Fuhriman, from SOU would like to report statistical information to the Commission once a quarter.

The Commission also discussed when members can not make the meeting, to let Mary McClary know at least one day prior to the meeting.

Commissioner McGinnis would like to add to the next meeting agenda, Sustainability Strategies.

Next Meeting- October 24, 2007

9:12 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Administrative Assistant to
Electric/Telecommunications Department

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