Agendas and Minutes

Conservation and Climate Outreach Committee (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Minutes Conservation Commission 03/31/04 These Minutes are preliminary pending approval by Conservation Commission at the April 21, 2004 Conservation Commission Meeting.

MINUTES FOR Conservation Commission
March 31, 2004 7:00 p.m.
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way

Chairperson, Alex Amarotico, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Development Building.

Attendees: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Russ Chapman, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Joanne Krippaehne, Bruce Moats, and Paige Prewett. Lisa Black was also present.

City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico Staff Liaison: Cathy Cartmill Student Liaison: Heidi Hubert


The chairperson, Alex Amarotico asked for an approval of the February 25, 2004 minutes.

Chapman noted the correct spelling for Kari KenCairn.

Prewett corrected the spelling of sponsor under Green Business.

Hartman moved to approve the minutes of February 25 and Moats seconded the motion. Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of February 25, 2004 were approved.


Michele Schaefer/392 Clover Lane presented to the Commission information about RAFT, the non-profit organization supporting recycling. Michele introduced Kathy Tompkins, President of the Board, and Tami McGonagle, the director of teacher education. RAFT stands for Resource Area Teachers in Southern Oregon and will take manufactures discards, store them into a warehouse and show teachers how to utilize them in the classroom. The organization was established in October of 2003 and has already received 5,000 cubic feet of diverted material from Bear Creek. She explained they would be partnered with Science Works. Schaefer asked the Commission for ideas on funding and left a packet of material. Discussion followed about the daily operations of RAFT and Schaefer also explained about different organizations in California and northern Oregon. The Commission members offered information about grants, funding sources and took contact information. They expressed their support of this conservation project and the individual work performed. Schaefer suggested viewing the web site and parent organization.


Lisa Black updated the Free Latex Paint date at the transfer station will be April 23rd, Friday, and April 24th, Saturday from 8am to 4pm.

The telephone book drive with the schools will end Friday and Quest provided water bottles for the winners.

Black reported Talent will the last phase which will start May 1st. Total carts distributed so far were 4,588 and estimated 50% customers have elected to participate in the program. The community response remains positive and likes the program.

May 7th and 8th are hazardous waste days and Chipper day is April 17th. Black reported the yard composting has increased due to the public awareness because of the calendars distributed with the co-mingled carts.


    1. Green Business

      2. Education/Events

      Carol Carlson reported there would be a summer gardening class mid July.

      Prewett reminded everyone about the Earth Day Event, April 24th and discussion followed about volunteer times and responsibilities. Prewett had flyers for distribution and discussion followed about notifying the public.

      Joanne Krippaehne volunteered to pick up the canopy and table.


      Krippaehne presented different options for purchasing a folding table. The Commission read and discussed material Krippaehne brought.

      Hartman made a motion to spend approximately $93.00 on the new table, seconded by Finney. Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

      Amarotico asked for discussion on the Climate Protection brochure. The members decided to wait and determine the outcome of SOU's class participation, leaving an option for them to develop the brochure.

      Discussion followed about different topics of information that could be included and useful. All members felt the brochure would be a good opportunity to inform citizens.

      Carlson remarked the Commission should make recommendations on issues regarding Conservation for other Cities.

      Bennett and Wanderscheid will meet with the Senior Class of SOU Friday, April 2nd to make a presentation about this project and hope to gain support this Spring, or next Fall.

      New Business

      Prewett remarked about Kari Olsen's participation in purchasing recycle products for the City when available. She asked to put this on the agenda for the next meeting so the Commission could discuss ideas to add to the list.

      Cathy Cartmill will commend Kari from the Commission and also send the acknowledgement to her supervisors.


      $2,224.99 Chapman will summit receipts for payment from the compost coupons reducing the budget by $80.00. Amarotico deducted the purchase of the table, bringing the balance to $2,052.00.

      The members discussed different areas to allocate the remaining funds, including RAFT, Adopt a Street, advertisement and acknowledgement for Renewable Pioneers Adopt a Street and Green Business, and advertisement for Renewable Pioneers. Finney suggested members bring items for this year's budget to the next meeting.

      Items not on the Agenda

      Cathy Cartmill announced for Larry Giardina that Shop and Kart would soon qualify as a green business.


      Meeting adjourned at 8:47 pm.

      Respectfully submitted,
      Mary McClary, Assistant
      to Electric Department

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