Environment & Energy Commission
City of Columbia & Boone County
Daniel Boone Building, Third Floor Conference Room
Minutes of Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Present: Miles, Lenhardt, Collins, Deken, Skala, Hunter, Sax, David Brodsky (new liaison from P&Z), Turner.
Absent: Walters, Cunningham.
City Staff Liaison: Hasheider.
- Deken called the meeting to order at 7:03pm.
- The Agenda was approved, as modified.
- The Minutes of 25 July 2006 were approved.
- David Brodsky was introduced as the replacement for former P&Z liaison Jerry Wade.
- Sax reported on her visit with Keith Schnarre relative to EEC interaction with the Boone County Commission (BCC). Schnarre is the liaison for the BCC to the EEC, although he does not plan to attend EEC meetings. He does receive the EEC minutes, and appreciates same. Sax and Skala will attempt to clarify the extent of EEC on-going and annual documentation desired by and appropriate for the BCC and City Council, and report back to EEC.
- Skala reported on the status of Outdoor Lighting guidelines, especially as they now stand within the P&Z process.
- We discussed the City Council response to the EEC position paper on the Kyoto Protocol, as described in the minutes of the 7/17/06 Council meeting (a copy of which was distributed by Hasheider).
- Lenhardt led a discussion on the negative impacts of urban sprawl, supported by a draft document he had prepared. Lenhardt, et al, will continue to refine his document for possible transmittal beyond EEC to the City Council and BCC.
- Hasheider gave an update on the City's efforts in Renewable Energy, focusing on Solar (water heaters and photo-voltaics), Wind, and Biomass. The City appears to be ahead of schedule in meeting mandated amounts of renewable energy, as outlined in a 2-page document, a copy of which was provided to the Secretary.
- Turner discussed the smoke-free workplace ordinance, and presented a draft letter of potential EEC endorsement to the City Council for this pending ordinance. Turner will refine the letter for consideration at the September EEC meeting.
- Hasheider reported that Dan Dascho will attend a near future EEC meeting to discuss the letter recently sent by EEC to the City Council concerning Water and Light quantitatively reporting the City's performance in energy efficiency and conservation.
- It was noted that 3 letters have recently (1 Aug 2006) gone from EEC to the City, namely on these topics: a) Home Weatherization, b) Land Disturbance, c) Measures of Energy Efficiency and Conservation.
- Announcements: Deken - Sustainable Living Fair 2006, Sept 30; Deken - possible presentation by Christine Gardner, Public Works/Waste Minimization; Miles - will miss September meeting/secretary replacement needed.
- The meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm.
John Miles, Secretary