Minutes of the regular meeting of August 18, 2004 were APPROVED as written
ERMC Year to Date Review
Assistant Planner Sowers reviewed the discussion items of the ERMC in comparison to those tentatively scheduled for the year to determine the focus for the remainder of the year and to begin planning for 2005.
Chairman McNelly reported that he has served on an advisory committee that worked with a vendor, staff and several other cities to prepare a toolbox of guidelines and recommendations regarding the FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Program. The toolbox has been distributed to the City of Fullerton, likely to Public Information Office. He suggested the Committee review the toolbox at an upcoming meeting and possibly come up with a resolution to the City Council if appropriate regarding the implementation of the FOG Communications Package.
Committee Member Devlin shared his concern regarding the security of the water system in Fullerton. Member Pugh shared Mr. Devlins concern and stated he would be interested in a briefing from the City on its Emergency Plan relating to items within the ERMCs purview. Committee Members also expressed an interest in discussing energy and energy conservation and NPDES/stormwater issues.
Assistant Planner Sowers questioned the Committee regarding whether they were interested in visiting Orange County Sanitation District in October as previously suggested. It was discussed and agreed by all to visit OCSD on the next regular meeting date. Chairman McNelly stated he would look into the logistics and coordinate the trip.
Fullerton Green Pages
Committee Member Mitchell proposed publishing another edition of Green Pages. At present, there are no budget constraints to prevent the newsletter from being published. There was discussion on how best to distribute the newsletter. Assistant Planner Sowers will look into the cost of mailing the newsletter. Motion made by Member Mitchell and seconded by Member Pugh to go ahead with volume two of the Green Pages and have it distributed by January of 2005. The motion passed unanimously.
COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS
Chairman McNelly stated that there would be four vacancies come January 1, 2005 Brent Hardwick, Elaine Mitchell, James OConner (currently vacant), Anthony Roberts. Chairman McNelly stated that he will not seek the Chairmanship next year and encouraged one of the newer committee members to seek a nomination for the position. There was discussion on these vacancies would be advertised. The committees expressed that they would like to have these vacancies filled in timely fashion.
Chairman McNelly informed the committee that there was an overflow in plant number 2. Because of a power shortage, the plant went to emergency discharge to the Santa Ana River at for the first time in history. Approximately 13,000 gallons of treated wastewater spilled. The cause of that spill is still under investigation. Back up power supply use should have prevented the discharge. Although the spill did not cause a major beach closure, the plant may be fined.
Committee Member Pugh encouraged Committee Members to read the report from the 911 Commission and review www.ready.gov focusing on disaster preparedness.
Committee Member Adamson suggested a re-emphasis of the Citys Green Waste program and a re-distribution of stickers. There was some discussion among the Committee of the Green Waste program as it is or is not utilized by lawn services employed by homeowners.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on October 20, 2004.