Committee member Hoover asked for a comparison of the old and new rates.
City Treasurer Ed Paul distributed information on the new rates, which included columns indicating the existing rate, proposed changes/increases and the new rate. Distributed information also included the method of computing the fees. Fees for hauling, processing, use of landfill, and cost of contract implementation were all considered in the computation. Mr. Paul further explained all factors involved with the fees increase including how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is used in the formula and other factors affecting the increase.
The proposed program submitted by the City is specifically for beverage container and litter abatement programs and will focus on plastic, glass, aluminum and newspaper collection containers located at all local elementary and middle schools, Fullerton Senior Center, Fullerton College Child Care Center, Fullerton YMCA and Laguna Lake Park. Educational information will also be available to enlighten residents about the program.
A lengthy discussion was held on the submitted program, its benefits to the community, total cost of subsidizing, and methods of educating the public on the program. Further details on the grant request will be given to the committee when staff receives confirmation from the Department of Conservation.
After lengthy discussion on the feasibility to apply for this grant, a sub committee was established for the purpose of investigating the feasibility of an application. The sub committee will report back their findings at the July 19th ERMC meeting. Committee members Hoover Mahaffey, and Murphy volunteered to work on the sub committee. Associate Planner Viado will provide staff support.
Committee members discussed the appropriate procedures for how the public should address the ERMC at meetings when guest speakers are present.
A discussion on the method used by the City Council, where the Mayor opens the floor for public comment, was held. Each item scheduled for public hearing is outlined by staff and discussed among Council members. The Mayor then will invite the public to comment. Items not on the agenda cannot be discussed, but rather are appropriately discussed at the meeting under the "Public Comment" agenda item.
Committee members discussed this procedure and agreed it would be the appropriate format for ERMC Meetings. In the case of the ERMC, the chairperson would be responsible for opening the discussion for public comment. Persons wishing to speak on an agenda item must wait until the Chairperson acknowledges the comment period. All other comments on non-agenda items must wait until the "Public Comment" time as scheduled on the ERMC Agenda, unless otherwise directed by the Chairperson.