Agendas and Minutes

Conservation and Climate Outreach Committee (View All)

Regular Monthly Conservation Commission Mtg 02/25/09

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

7 p.m. – February 25, 2009
CommunityDevelopment Center

Chairperson Jackson welcomed everyone.

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Jackson.

Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Shelley Lotz, and Jim McGinnis were present.
Risa Buck, and Tracy Harding and was not present and excused.

City Council member and Chair: Kate Jackson
Staff representative: Dick Wanderscheid

Commissioner Jackson moved to approve the minutes for January 28, 2009.

Corrections to the minutes:
            Commissioner Lotz remarked her first name was not spelled correctly.
            Commissioner Chapman asked for clarification on the motion for Council Liaison, motion

Commissioner Chapman moved to approve the minutes of January 28, 2009 with the stated changes and Commissioner Corns seconded the motion.
Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

No one present to speak.


Commissioner Chapman updated the Commission for the month.

The Recycling Center days of operation will be open Tuesday through Saturday and now closed Sunday and Monday.

January recycling tonnages were 23,072 pounds.

 There were 4 worm bins left, interested parties may contact the Ashland Sanitary office.
Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be May 1 & 2 in White City, check web site for updated information.

Latex Paint collection day will be at the Valley View Transfer Station on April 17 & 18 for residential.

Bottlemania will be Thursday, April 2 at SOU.

Mater Recyclers 2nd training will begin in March and they are currently accepting applications. For more information you may contact Rianna Signs at 776-7371.

Eight (8) compost bins were left and the Commission discussed utilizing them for a raffle at this year’s compost classes and/or Earth Day.
Master Gardeners are a predicting 20% increase this year in home gardens due to the economy.

Earth Day is April 25 at Science Works.

Commissioner Chapman attended a Methane Digester Presentation.

Clear Max Discussion
Commissioner Chapman reported Standing Stone now has a Clear Max container located in front of their business. He believes this project makes the community unique and he totally supports these efforts.

An employee from Standing Stone, Ashley, displayed to the Commission a mock up of the
signage and received suggestions for a final product.

Commissioner McGinnis moved to approve the allocation of funds for the project up to
$100.00, seconded by Commissioner Finney.

Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
 The Commission members discussed rotating the agenda to allow
 The bottom items to be discussed first.

Commission Display
 The members discussed ideas for the display board including activities, raffles, flip
  pages, updated information on new programs, outlay, font/design, interactive
  educational material, possible Power Point presentation and other images.

Commissioner Lotz made a motion to use up to $100.00 for display materials in updating the Commission Display. The motion was seconded by Commissioner McGinnis.

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

Ad for Appreciation, Carry-Out Bags
 Commissioner Chapman discussed the cost of a Thank-You ad for the businesses
 who have actively helped to reduce the need for carry-out bags. The cost of the ad would be approximately $80.00.

Commissioner Finney made a motion to spend $80.00 for recognition ad and if we can get pictures within that budget, great, if not and we want the picture we can allocate more money at another meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner McGinnis.

Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Chairperson Jackson asked the Commission if any sub committee reports could deferred the next meeting so the Commission could talk about the retreat. All members agreed to defer Sub-Committee reports.

Compost Bins
Dick Wanderscheid reported for Commissioner Buck that she would like to see the classes facilitated without the Commission purchasing any more bins. The issue can always be addressed if the attendance proves to be greatly reduced.

Commissioner Finney reviewed the budget Items spent tonight and Commissioner McGinnis remarked he would need supplies for the 4th of July event this year. July’s event materials could also be paid for out of next year’s budget.

Sub-Committee Reports
Sub-committee reports were set aside until next regularly scheduled meeting, to allow more time to discuss Retreat agenda and goals.

Retreat Discussion
The members discussed a tentative agenda for the retreat on March 7 at the Park
Office from 10 until 2:30. The March 25th meeting will be cancelled and then the next meeting would
be April 22, 2009.

The tentative agenda for retreat:
duties of the Commission
brain storming
goal setting
display board

The time was changed to begin at 10:30-3:00.
Chairperson Jackson talked about the Strategic Plan Project in terms of community Involvement, cities involvement with climate action plans, and sustainable actions in terms of the role of the City and the role of citizenry.
Commissioner Finney suggested reviewing last year’s goals and the lead Commissioner presenting a brief report identifying areas of success and areas that could use improvement.

Next Meeting- Retreat March 07, 2009
Regular Scheduled Mtg. April 22, 2009

9:00 pm.

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