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Conservation and Climate Outreach Committee (View All)

Conservation Commission Monthly Meeting 05/27/09

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

7 p.m. – May 27, 2009
Community Development Center

Chairperson Finney called the meeting to order at 6:15pm.
Attendees: Risa Buck, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Shelley Lotz, Jim McGinnis and David Runkel were present.
Russ Chapman was absent due to illness.
Stuart Corns was not present.

City Council Liaison and Chair: Kate Jackson
Staff representative: Robbin Pearce

David Runkel was introduced to the Commission and he spoke briefly about his background. Each member then stated their name and where they worked/resided and some area of Conservation they were interested in.
Chairperson Finney asked for approval of the minutes for April 22, 2009.

Commissioner Buck moved to approve the minutes of April 22, 2009 and Commissioner McGinnis seconded the motion.
Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
No speakers present.

Next Meeting- July 22, 2009


Commissioner McGinnis announced Transition Town Ashland meets every first Thursday at Peace House at 7pm, and every third Thursday at the Library at 7pm.

Commissioner Buck spoke about an interactive table to be set up for July 4th, like the one that was set up at Earth Day, and working with community organizations to help the Master Recyclers educate the public about Clear Streams that will be located in various spots on the 4th.

Green Business Report
   Robbin Pearce read last months report highlighting: the web,
   video about sustainability for public TV, 6 applications on her
   desk, certificates, and the Mayor presenting the businesses
   with certificates.
   This month’s report includes: 8 applications on her desk,
   requesting the Mayor present the certificates, City of San
   Carlo’s Green Business program including a video, creating a
   similar web page for Ashland in the future.

Commissioner Compost Class Sign Up 
Recycling Center –Time-10-12.
           June 20---- Jim Hartman
            July 18
            August 15
            September 19
Other Commissioners are reviewing their schedules and this item will be placed under Old Business for the next meeting

Earth Day Review
   The members discussed their perspectives of the event,
    including interaction with the public, location of the booth,
    attendance, display board and joining together with other
    groups for next year.

Air Quality
   Commissioner Buck wondered if the Commission would support
   creating a reminder notice about burning leaves/plastics to
   help educate the public as part of community outreach.
   Commissioner Lotz wondered if we could create an educational
   link/web page under the Conservation Commission home page
   on the City of Ashland’s web page.

Sub-Committee Formation
   Chairperson Finney hoped to discuss the goals and which
   members would be interested in what areas, to form pre-
   subcommittees who would then come back to the next meeting
   and define what the sub-committee’s function would be in
   terms of supporting that goal and what they hoped to

 The members reviewed the goals for 2009 and stated their
  interest area.
  1.  Significant Commission Involvement in the 
       Sustainability/Strategic Plan proposed for development by
        the City.
            Interested members:
                Commissioners McGinnis; Lotz
  2. Support and help the development of a Major Green Building
      Initiative for the City.
           Interested members:
               Commissioners Lotz; Runke
               Councilor Jackson
               (Commissioner Buck for Green Business Program)
   3. Encourage increased amounts of Local Energy Production
       from Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency.
            Interested members:
              Commissioners Hartman; McGinnis; Finney
              Councilor Jackson
   4.  Help improve Water Quality and Storm Runoff & also
        encourage efficiency in water usage by pursuing at a
        minimum the use of Grey Water and Water Catchment.
            Interested members:
               Commissioners Buck; Runkel
   5. Significant commission involvement by supporting and
      helping with climate change initiatives within the City.
           Interested members:
              Commissioners McGinnis; Hartman

ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE                                                    

Commissioner Buck updated the Commission for the month.

City approved a 7.7% rate increase.

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

Electronic recycling: February----- 6.5 tons
                              March------- 10    tons
                              April---------14    tons
Ink jet recycling has now earned $101.00 which goes to help offset the cost.

The worm bins are all sold, Conservation Commission owes $60.00 for reimbursement.

Hazardous Waste Collection: Ashland and Talent represented 17% of total participant, 85,950 pounds of Hazardous waste was collected.

Discount day received 5 tons more.

Latex Paint collected 35 yards worth of paint.

The Bottlemania Event brainstorming ideas will be posted on websites in the future.

Master Recyclers 2nd training that began in March is going well.

ClearMax-Discussion about Inserts and printing costs.

AOR Conference is June 11-14 in Redmond (Eagle Crest Resort). Commissioner Buck will be facilitating a section on Rural recycling.

Commissioner McGinnis brought up the problem on single serve bottle water for the 4th of July and the Commissioner supported the water wagon idea from last year.

8:05 pm.

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