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Energy & Resource Management Committee Minutes November 17 2004

November 17 2004

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman McNelly called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adamson, Devlin, Hardwick, McCormick, McNelly, Mitchell, Murphy, Roberts
MEMBERS ABSENT: Pugh, Twineham, vacancy
PUBLIC PRESENT:
STAFF PRESENT: Assistant Planner Sowers, Clerical Support Dew
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the regular meeting of September 15, 2004 and October 20, 2004 were CONTINUED .

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

  1. Fats, Oils & Grease Public Information Toolkit

    Chairman McNelly reported on the Fats, Oils & Grease Public Information Toolkit developed by the Orange County Sanitation District. All the agencies covered under the Waste Discharge Requirement Order are required create a Fats, Oils and Grease Outreach Program for both home owners and restaurant owners. The City of Fullerton contributed to the development of the Public Outreach Program for Fats, Oils and Grease. Chairman McNelly stated that he served on a technical advisory committee that went over the documents as they were being prepared and edited the documents as needed. Chairman McNelly presented the committee the poster with key phrase. The key phrase is The Drain is not a Dump. Along with the poster, is a brochure which gives restaurants guidelines on kitchen best management practices to properly handle and dispose of the waste. The toolbox has nearly 100 different components. There are template letters written in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese and English. Also included is information for students in 3 different grade levels, information for media and television. There is a video to view which warns of the danger and expense of sewer clogs and sewer spills. The video gives guidelines on how proper disposal of fats, oils and grease can help protect public health and the environment.

    The City of Fullerton is planning on making public service announcements regarding the Fats, Oils and Grease Program on the days of the Board meetings on channel 3. This program is not intended to be a one time shot, it is intended to be an on going program that helps keep people aware of how best to prevent sewer over flows.

    Currently the City of Fullerton has 360 miles of sewer and is in need of another truck and more personnel to properly clean the sewer lines bi-annually. Many spills were due to the sewer blockages.

    The main purpose of the Fats, Oils and Grease Program is to prevent Sewer Spill Overflows (SSOs). The hope is to keep the overflows reduced and keep them minimal at most.

    Chairman McNelly encouraged the ERMC Committee to keep this issue a priority.

COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS

Committee Member Roberts questioned whether funds from the Used Oil Grant could be used to help fund the Fats, Oils and Grease Program. Assistant Planner Sowers stated she would look into the fund and see whether we could use some of that money to fund this program.

There was discussion on the possibility of having plumbers better communicate with the City of Fullertons Sewer Division on why a particular address is having problems with their lateral. This perhaps could prevent problems with the main sewer line.

Committee Member Devlin questioned whether Fullerton has budgeted for moneys needed to fund the Fats, Oils and Grease Program. It was suggested that Director of Maintenance Services Director Bob Savage be invited to attend a future ERMC meeting and answer questions regarding the Fats, Oils and Grease Program and how it is being implemented in the City of Fullerton.

Chairman McNelly proposed writing a formal request stating that no member of the ERMC Committee be dismissed from their present position prior to that vacancy being filled.

Committee Member Mitchell stated that there was a need to discuss the future of the Green Pages. She asked each member to bring in their ideas on what should go into the next edition of the Green Pages.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on December 15, 2004.

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