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Conservation Commision Monthly Meeting 10/28/09

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

6 p.m. – October 28, 2009
CommunityDevelopment Center

Chairperson Finney called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm.
    Risa Buck, Russ Chapman, Stuart Corns, Ross Finney, Jim
    Hartman, Shelley Lotz, and David Runkel were present. Jim
   McGinnis was not present,

  City Council Liaison: Kate Jackson
  Staff Representative: Robin Pierce

  Chairperson Finney asked for approval of the minutes for 
  September 23, 2009.
  Commissioner Buck corrected the verbiage regarding the sale
  of Ashland Sanitary to Recology not Ecology.

Commissioner Chapman moved to approve the minutes for September 23, 2009 with the stated correction and Commissioner Corns seconded the motion.
Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
 Megan Janssen introduced herself to the Commission. Her
 interests include sustainable building, and wishes to be more
 involved in the community. She is originally from here  is and
 now back from College.

 Huelz announced the transition town meetings are held the first
 Thursday of the month at Peace House.
Next Meeting- December 09, 2009

ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE                                                    

Commissioner Buck updated the Commission for October:

 Ashland Sanitary officially became Recology, October 13th, 2009.
 Electronics Recycling—In June there was 5 tons processed, and
 in July there was 9 tons, August 2.8 tons and for September 4.2

Compost Classes at Recycle Center
 Agenda Item.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
 Delayed discussion to subcommittee report.

#2 Plastic Round-Up Jackson County
  Held October 23 and 24th and collected 36,300 pounds of
  plastic between the Ashland site and the Expo site. Ashland had
  440 cars and Expo has 355 cars.

Leaf Bag Program
 Between this Commission and the Public Works department, 83
 sets of bags were offset for Ashland citizens, by the second day
 it was offered. Lots of discussion regarding different options for
 approaching the problem within the City including education,
 matching leaf distribution, and outlying city solutions.

Free Leaf Day, November 9th and 23rd  
Councilor Jackson stated there would be a study session hopefully during the month of December to review all the comments and suggestions for the Vision and Value Statements. Council goals will hopefully be reviewed in January 2010.

To streamline information to the Commission membership, give any emails and attachments to Mary McClary and she will send them out with the packet by the prior Thursday or Friday before the meeting.
  1. Sustainability Strategic
        Commissioner Lotz read the Sustainability /Strategic goals
        for the Commission to discuss.  
        Chairperson Finney brought up the time period for goals,
        and Councilor Jackson clarified that goals would be from
        12-18-24 months and usually goals in addition to existing
        programs. The Commission discussed ideas for short term
        measurable goals that could be worked on within the next
        24 months, and recognized these goals were long
        term.  Commissioner Buck asked them to include water,
        rainwater catchments and zero waste as long term goals.
  2. Green Building
        Commissioner Runkel suggested two recommendations for
                Goal # 4: to add education for the community and
                city staff.
                Goal # 6: worked on details of what green building
                would be and is part of the attachment.
       More goals included: mixed used development, energy
       conservation, continuing the weatherization programs, and
       reducing construction waste. Education for community and

       The Commission members discussed at length different
       goals, earmarks for on-going growth.

   3. Local Energy Production
       Goal recommendations will be to meet our Tier !! energy
       needs with a combination of conservation and renewable

   4. Water Quality and Storm Runoff
       Storm Stencil Drain project to be upgraded and redirected.
       Commissioners discussed water issues and conservation.
       Short term goals include: Water and Energy efficient tips on
       bills, Paper Stock, and Electronic billing

Commissioner Hartman made a motion to approve the stated latter that emphasis the following suggestions: Water and Energy Efficient Tips on The utility bills; paper stock; and Electronic Billing. Motion seconded by Commission Lotz.

Chairperson Finney suggested we support the Council goals with direct feedback to their goals. Commissioner Runkel discussed this letter would be at a different level, than a response to the specific goals. The Commissioners discussed the issue.
Voice Vote: All Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
  5. Climate Change Initiatives
      The statistics support people trying to not believe the climate
      changes are happening. No goals to report at this time.

 Croman Advisory Committee
   Commissioner Chapman updated the Commission on the 
   discussions regarding the project. He stated the primary focus
   for the property is jobs.
 Future of Compost Classes
 Set aside for next meeting or January meeting.

 Commissioner Lotz will not be at the January and February

 Robbin Pierce reported the refrigerator recycling program is now
 in place. Commissioner Buck would like to see the liaisons report
 on a quarterly basis.
 8:05 pm.

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