ASHLAND CONSERVATION COMMISSION
December 12, 2001
BRAINSTORMING SESSION - At 6:00 p.m., members Susan Reid, Bruce Moats, Russ Chapman, Howard Braham, Joanne Krippaehne, Paige Prewett and Charles Bennett met in the Electric Department Conference Room to discuss sustainable housing criteria that should be included in the Density Bonus conditions as required by the Planning Department. Also in attendance were Secretary Sonja Akerman and Community Development Director John McLaughlin. Krippaehne's list was discussed point by point, with specifications that were added from comments submitted by Energy Analyst Cathy Cartmill and Water Analyst Robbin Pearce. Criteria already required by ordinance were deleted. Krippaehne will revise her list based on the discussion, meet with Dick Wanderscheid and McLaughlin, and then present the next draft at the January 23 meeting.
CALL TO ORDER - Chairperson Susan Reid officially called the meeting to order at 8:12 p.m. In addition to those listed above, member Jim Hartman arrived at 8:00, as did Dan Murphy, who represented Ashland Sanitary & Recycling. Member Mort Smith was unable to attend the meeting.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - With a motion by Krippaehne and second by Braham, the minutes of the October 24, 2001 meeting were unanimously approved.
PUBLIC FORUM - There was no one present in the audience.
Marketing - Krippaehne reported she has been in contact with the SOU class that sent the survey to Jackson County contractors regarding construction debris recycling. Thirty out of 300 were returned. A report should be ready by the January meeting.
Prewett stated she feels the Commission needs to have some sort of display that can be moved from place to place. It can be an educational tool used to inform the public what the Conservation Commission is all about. The display can be set up at the library, the schools, different events, etc. She suggested having removable panels.
Street Sweeping/Leaf Collection - Chapman reported that Public Works Director Paula Brown had one issue with the program - residents could have made a better effort of moving their cars to allow the sweeper to pick up more debris. Brown will have to decide whether or not she thinks the parking should be strictly enforced. Chapman said he hopes the residents weigh inconvenience against what goes into the storm drains and ultimately ends up in the creeks. He mentioned that free leaf drop off day at the Recycle Center was a tremendous success. Ashland Sanitary is thinking about adding another day next year.
ASHLAND SANITARY & RECYCLING UPDATE - Murphy reported there were only two essays turned in for the contest and both were from Ashland High School. The students this year were asked to write about an individual who was instrumental in changing the way people think about the environment. Both essays were very good and it was difficult for the judges to make a decision. Since the prize money was designated for first, second and third places, it was decided to add another $100 to the second place winner. Therefore, the first place winner, Jesse Golden, will receive $500 plus $100 to Ashland High School and the second place winner, Jill Denton, will receive $300 plus another $100 to Ashland High. In discussing how to involve a larger number of students, Hartman suggested not limiting the contest to seniors. Prewett stated it might also help to send each English teacher the information rather than rely on the counselors. Reid also suggested sending something about the contest in Ashland Sanitary's bills.
Addition of Youth Liaison Member - Prewett said she thought it would be beneficial to have a student from Southern Oregon University as a liaison, thus enabling the Commission to tap into the university as a resource. Hartman said that high school kids need 100 hours of community service in order to graduate, so this would be one way for them to accomplish this. Reid noted that she had talked with Mayor DeBoer about this and he was agreeable to appointing a student as a liaison. This will be discussed further in the coming months.
Mural Design on Street Sweepers - Reid stated she had talked to the Public Works Director about this and Brown thought it was a great idea. Brown will find out if there are mural designs already available. Chapman mentioned he saw murals on garbage trucks when he was in New Orleans, so this type of thing is being done elsewhere. Prewett stated she had spoken with Richard Smith at Rogue Valley Transportation District and was told Gillespie Decals, Inc. produces the decals for the busses. RVTD supplies the artwork. She will get price quotes from this company for the next meeting. She will also get specs from Brown regarding the allowable size of the mural(s). Hartman offered the following wording - What's swept off the street stays out of the creek. He said local fish should be used in the design and they can be beautiful images. This can be an ecological education for everyone.
Budget - Reid noted the budget balance is now $3,643.36.
COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON AGENDA:
Prewett related Earth Day will be celebrated on April 20, 2002 at the Nature Center. Since Ashland Community Food Store is no longer sponsoring an annual Earth Day Celebration, it has offered to partner with the Nature Center. What we can do in our daily lives will be the focus. They will be inviting businesses and organizations to participate. They also plan on having half-hour talks on a variety of earth-related subjects. Prewett would like the Commission to start thinking about a display that can be used at this event.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.