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Conservation Commisstion Mtg 04/26/06

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Conservation Commission
These Minutes were approved by Conservation Commission at the May 31, 2006 Conservation Commission Meeting.

April 26, 2005– 7:00 pm
Community Development Building
51 Winburn Way
Chairperson Amarotico called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. in the Community Development Building.
Attendees: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Stuart Corns, Russ Chapman, Ross Finney, Jim Hartman, Joanne Krippaehne, and Paige Prewett.
City Council Liaison: Alex Amarotico
Staff Liaison: Dick Wanderscheid

Chairperson Amarotico asked for an approval of the March 22, 2006 minutes.
Commissioner Prewett corrected the name spelling of Elizabeth Royte.
Commissioner Finney made a motion to approve the minutes of March 22, 2006 and Commissioner Hartman seconded the motion.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

The minutes of the Conservation Commission Meeting of March 22, 2006 were approved.

 Chairperson Amarotico asked the Commission to introduce themselves to the guests present, Dave Wilkerson, Risa Buck, Katheryn Hauser and Huelz Gutcheon.
Huelz Gutcheon spoke to the Commission regarding his goals of density bonus with zero net energy. At the next meeting he would like to present a micro course in zero net energy. He briefly explained to the Commission about density bonuses that could be tied to zero net energy homes. He believes education is a key factor in helping to establish these guidelines. The members discussed the idea of zero net energy in terms of homes, opportunities and asked to have the presentation put on the next agenda.
Risa Buck thanked the Commission for their support and contribution of the upcoming SOU event, May 19, 2006 in the SOU arena beginning at 7:30pm featuring Elizabeth Royte the author of Garbage Land on the Secret Trail of Trash. Risa asked for input in developing comment cards for the guests of the event and offered the Commissions flyers regarding the event. Commissioner Prewett asked the Commission to view a draft list that was being complied for different outlets for waste generated in the county.
 Commissioner Chapman report there were a couple hundred cars for their latex paint day and this Saturday is Chipper day. (April 29th) The Hazardous Waste is May 5th and 6th.
Mr. Wanderscheid reported to the Commission about a JCRP meeting in Medford that the DEQ attended regarding a planning grant for a permanent hazardous waste site in Jackson County. The members discussed ideas for recognition for Don Cordell and his contribution to disposal.
Sou event table
Event begins at 7:30, Commission member Ross Finney and Mr. Wanderscheid will be at the table
will need to be present by 7pm.
LEED Certification
The members discussed at length LEED Certification recommendations for new City buildings and other projects
Commission Finney made a motion that the Conservation Commission recommend that the City Council require that all new City facilities be built to some level of LEED Standards. Commissioner Prewett seconded the motions.
Commission Chapman discussed additional costs for LEED standards and the members discussed the technology and costs of LEED certifications.
The members discussed various concerns about LEED certification including local sustainability, costs, different standards, good forest practices and using LEED standards without doing the certification process.
Commissioner Finney asked staff to contact and research other municipalities that have built LEED structures and get some input and report back to the Commission in June.
Commissioner Prewett withdrew her second, and motion died for lack of a second. She felt that the Commission should set the bar high when considering taking the lead in sustainability and LEED standard buildings.
Reconstruct subcommittees
To be determined by new Commission.
The members discussed different ways to spend the remaining budget and asked that it be put on next months agenda.
Commissioner Bennett made a motion to authorize spending up to $100.00 to get a replacement bag made by Ashland Sanitary. Motion seconded by Commissioner Krippaehne.
Voice vote: all Ayes. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.
Renewable Pioneer Name Change
1.      Historic Conservation
No report.
2.      Education/Events
No report.
3.      Green Business
No report.
The mayor issued 4 certificates honoring the work done by 4 of the Commissioners whose term will be ending tonight: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Joanne Krippaehne, and Paige Prewett.
Commissioner Prewett gave the Commission an update on the Renewable Pioneers and Mr. Wanderscheid reported on his discussion about a name change and how it was decided against changing the name.
To date, Commissioner Prewett reported there have been 3,372 green tags sold largely made up of commercial sales. Also she reported a decrease in purchasing prices for commitments of 3 years or more years with minimum of 25 tags each year.
Mr. Wanderscheid reported to the Commission about the application that was sent to apply for a ½ million dollar grant for clean renewable energy bonds, hoping to put solar on the covered storage area at the Electric Department.
The mayor issued 4 certificates honoring the work done by 4 of the Commissioners whose term will be ending tonight: Charles Bennett, Carol Carlson, Joanne Krippaehne, and Paige Prewett.
Mr. Wanderscheid and Mr. Amarotico thanked them for all their contributions to the Commission during the past years and remarked it had been a pleasure serving with them.
Next meeting date, May 31st, 2006.
Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary McClary, Assistant to
Electric Department

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