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Conservation Commission Meeting 02/27/08

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

7 p.m. – February 27, 2008
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Chapman at 7:00 pm.

Attendees: Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Jim
                McGinnis, and Tracy Harding.
               Risa Buck, and Kerry KenCairn were not present.

City Council member and Chair: Dave Chapman
Staff representative: Dick Wanderscheid

Chairperson Chapman called for the approval of the minutes for January 23, 2008.

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

            James Akins/1099 Oak Knoll introduced himself to the Commission.
            He has relocated to Ashland from Alaska and expressed interest
            in Health Safety and Environmental issues.

Commissioner Chapman reported on the following items for Ashland

The Ashland Sanitary Web site has now been updated with spring
event dates including Hazardous Waste collection, Latex Paint 
collection and Nursery Plastic collections.
Compost classes are set for Saturdays: June 14, July 12, August 23, and September 27.
Earth Day Event is scheduled for April 19. Plans include a zero waste demonstration with hopefully
manually operated grinder for compostable eat ware.
Mike Broomfield will attend the March Conservation Commission to discuss the demolition
Green Business program (3 walk thrus so far out of 11 businesses).
Commercial Compost program (24 and growing)
Master Recycler program starting March 31st thru May 19. Contact OSU at 776-7371 if interested,
30 maximum and must apply by 03/14/08
 Goal Setting Memo
    Set aside for last item

Solar Pioneer II update
 Dick Wanderscheid reported to the Commission the City Council approved Solar Pioneer II and to move ahead and build the system at 90 N. Mountain in Ashland, OR. BEF ‘s marketing staff will
work on a whole marketing campaign including print and radio.
 Dick explained to the Commission the background regarding this project, and summarized the Sub-Committee meetings. The City is thinking of structuring the sale of the panels in whole increments
or partial. He also hopes to complete the system by June 30, 2008. The Commission members discussed citizen purchases of Green Tags and the solar panels and different way to support these projects.

Thank-you Ad
Dick Wanderscheid explained the options for purchasing ads in the Tidings (insert), Sneak Preview and the Green Living Journal.
Commissioner Hartman made a motion to approve the cost of the insert ($355.00 one sided) to the Daily
Tidings Ad for a Thank-You to Green Businesses, Renewable Pioneers and Adopt a Street
Programs. Commissioner McGinnis seconded the motion.
Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The members discussed a double sided insert for the Tidings, Mr.
Wanderscheid would report back to the Commission on the possibilities.

Memo, Bottled Water
Dick Wanderscheid reported to the Commission that Martha Bennett, the City Administrator would develop a city policy to not allow bolted water purchases unless there was some sort of emergency. The members also acknowledged Kari Olson, purchaser for the City of Ashland, and her efforts to help with purchasing office materials that are recyclable.

July 4th Recycling Discussion
The Ashland Chamber of Commerce met and adopted Commitment to Community for the theme of the 2008 event. Commissioner McGinnis and Chapman attended and discussed different ways to incorporate some recycling/conservation efforts into this year’s event. They reported the possibility of the Master Recyclers available to work the 4th of July event. Commission McGinnis will report back to the Commission at the next meeting.

Sub-Committee Reports
No report.

Green Business
Commissioner Finney summarized the memo Robbin Pearce had written for the Conservation Commission highlighting that we have 15 green businesses with 10 applications in process. She recommended the City of Ashland, including Parks Department become a green business and that it is time to update the Conservation Commission logo of “Where Green Becomes Mainstream.”

Car sticker/Carbon offset Update-Jim Hartman
Commissioner Hartman passed out another version of the flyer design that could be placed in the window of a vehicle. The group discussed different ways to promote and restructure parts of the

ICCEI Membership Fees
After discussion, Dick Wanderscheid offered to pay this year’s fees out of the Conservation Budget, to allow this project to continue forward.

 Goal Setting Memo
The members went over potential goals and established a list including which members would work on which goals. The Commission asked Mr. Wanderscheid to bring back the goals for final adoption at the next meeting.

Heat recovered ventilators.

Next Meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2008.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 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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