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Energy & Resource Management Committee Minutes July 21 2004

July 21 2004

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman McNelly called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adamson, Devlin, McCormack, McNelly, Mitchell, Murphy, Pugh, Roberts, Twineham
MEMBERS ABSENT: Hardwick, vacancy
PUBLIC PRESENT: None
STAFF PRESENT: Assistant Planner Sowers
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Approval of June 16, 2004 minutes continued to August 18, 2004

COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS

Chairman McNelly briefed the Committee on the discussion of and action on the Sewer and FOG fee issues at the previous City Council meeting noting that a third alternative had been presented at the meeting. He expressed his concern that this alternative, C, does not address long term sewer system management issues and their funding and felt that the City was lax in not establishing a sewer utility.

Committee Member Mitchell remarked that the residents that spoke at the City Council meeting were in support of alternative B which provided funding through increased taxes.

Chairman McNelly stated that there did not appear to be overwhelming opposition from residents to fee increases and hoped that his would be an opportunity to examine the other infrastructure deficiencies previously identified.

Chairman McNelly was excused at 7:55 a.m. Committee Member and past Vice Chairman Roberts was appointed acting Chairman for the remainder of the meeting in the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

  1. Commission and Committee Structure

    Committee Member Mitchell provided the Committee with a summary of the discussion of and action on the Commission and Committee Structure at the previous City Council meeting.

  2. Used Oil Recycling Program

    Assistant Planner Sowers stated that this item was on the agenda for further discussion and confirmed that the contract with Industrial Strength Advertising ended June 30, 2003. The Committee agreed that they were not interested in renewing the contract with Industrial Strength nor were they interested in expanding into the Curbside program as previously presented. The Committee directed staff to look at programs at other cities and try to obtain recommendations on successful programs from the CIWMB.

    Committee Member Pugh reiterated that a new firm should be local and bi-lingual (Spanish). Committee Member McCormack questioned what incentives could be provided.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS

Committee Member Mitchell encouraged fellow Committee Members to maintain a high level of professionalism at their meetings and specifically directed comments to the use of cell phones. She also stated that she had recently viewed a PBS program on the privatization of water and asked Committee Members if they would like to be notified of interesting relevant programming. The Committee stated that emails could be utilized for this purpose.

Committee Member Pugh reminded the Committee that varying viewpoints are supported, encouraged debate, and stated that the Committee does not always have to be in agreement.

The Committee requested discussion of the Green Pages be added to an upcoming agenda to discuss the timing of the next issue and the distribution method.

Committee Member Adamson recommended that the ERMC take official positions on issues to have their views based on their expertise and interest on the record.

Committee Member Murphy cautioned that official positions should be formulated after asking questions to ensure all the necessary information is obtained.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on August 18, 2004 at 7:30 a.m.

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