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Energy & Resource Management Committee Minutes January 17, 2001

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Hardwick called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Adamson, Burtner, Hardwick, Hoover, Mahaffey, Murphy, Pendarvis, Schmidt

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Roberts

STAFF PRESENT:

Associate Planner Viado, Revenue Manager Paul

ALSO PRESENT:

Mark McGee of MG Disposal

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Minutes of November 15, 2000 were APPROVED as written.

ACTION ITEMS:

Associate Planner Viado updated the committee members on those whose terms had expired, which creates four vacancies. Three of the four members expressed an interest in renewing their terms, leaving one vacancy. The City Managers office would be advertising within the next few months.

Chairman Hardwick informed the committee that a new Chairman and Vice Chairman needs to be elected. Current Chairman Hardwick was nominated by Committee member Hoover to continue as Chairman. Chairman Hardwick indicated that the position should be rotated but would accept the nomination if there were no other committee members interested in the position. Committee member McNelly seconded the motion. There being no other nominations the election of Chairman Hardwick was unanimously approved.

Committee member Chris Hoover was nominated for Vice Chairman and Respectfully Declined. Committee member Schmidt then nominated committee member Lesley Mahaffey for Vice Chairman. Then motion was seconded by Committee member Burther and unanimously approved.

ERMC 2000 Accomplishments

The ERMC 2000 accomplishments were introduced to the committee for review. After some discussion, it was agreed that the list was acceptable as written.

Goals and Objectives for 2001

Chairman Hardwick discussed the Goals & Objectives document. Members were asked to make any additions or deletions to the document.

Committee members discussed the recent energy crisis issue. Due to growing energy crisis across California, all committee members expressed an interest in having representives from Edison and other electricity providers make presentations at future meetings. The committee further discussed the increase in electricity prices and the need for long-term resolution of energy conservation.

Committee member McNelly made the committee aware of the need to follow changes to the Federal Clean Water Act, specifically as it relates to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water treatment.

Committee member McNelly spoke on the needs for NPDES controlling waste management as it applies to sewer spillage. It has been suggested that the committee should evaluate the city's situation and that action be taken towards the improvement of sewer run-offs.

The Goals and Objectives were approved pending the inclusion of additional language to monitor changes in the Clean Water Act, and also to further monitor conservation and reduction measures as appropriate. A motion to approve the 2000 Accomplishments and 2001 Goals and Objectives was made by Committee member Adamson and seconded by Committee member McNelly. The motion carried.

Pilot "Residential Spring Cleaning Voucher" Program

Associate Planner Viado, along with Revenue Manager Paul and Mr. McGee of M G Disposal, gave a brief overview of the pilot program that would allow city residents to take unwanted material to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at a discounted rate. The program involves distribution of a Five Dollar voucher to eligible residents. After a brief question and answer period, it was moved by Committee member Hoover and seconded by Committee member Schmidt to approve the Pilot Residential Spring Cleaning Voucher program. The motion carried.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Greenwaste Collection Program Update

At the request of Committee member Hoover, Associate Planner Viado presented an update on the Greenwaste collection program. Greenwaste tonnage collected from January to December 1999 and January to December 2000 showed an increase of fifty percent since the program began citywide in January 2000. Mr. McGee of MG Disposal indicated there were very few concerns and complaints from residents regarding the program.

COMMITTEE COMMENTS

Committee member Schmidt indicated that he would like to see a status update on the Hillcrest Park reservoir project.

Committee members requested additional updates on water and storm drain issues.

Committee member McNelly reminded the committee of an up coming Composting workshop at the Fullerton Arboretum. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday February 10, 2001 at 10 AM.

Chairman Hardwick inquired about the status of the Used Oil Program advertising contract with Industrial Strength Advertising CO. Associate Planner Viado indicated a new grant cycle has just begun and the advertising contract would be discussed at a future meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 AM. The next regular scheduled meeting will be February 21, 2001.

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