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[1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER ]

[00:00:03]

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO THE AUGUST 3RD, 2022 MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN.

I CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AND INVITE ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR PUBLIC REMARKS.

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF OF TABULATORS AND OTHER ELECTION BAGS TO OFFER TO THE COMMISSION AT THIS TIME.

OTHERWISE, SEEING NO PUBLIC REMARKS.

[3. CHANGES TO/APPROVAL OF AGENDA ]

LET'S MOVE TO APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA.

ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGES? ADDITIONS. DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA AS CIRCULATED.

HEARING NONE, THE AGENDA IS APPROVED AS CIRCULATED.

[4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES ]

HOW ABOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES? ANY CHANGES? SUGGESTIONS? OR OTHER EDITS TO THE BILL.

I DID HAVE ONE ON THE MAY 4TH MINUTES, FIRST PAGE TO FOURTH PARAGRAPH UNDER CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN UPDATE SINCE THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE COMMUNICATION WITH EXTERNAL SOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY.

YOU HAD SUGGESTED, I BELIEVE THAT INITIATIVE, I BELIEVE WHAT YOU HAD SUGGESTED AND I AGREED TO WAS TO COORDINATE THE WASTE AND RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION SECTION OF THE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN AS OPPOSED TO THE COMMUNICATION WITH EXTERNAL SOURCES.

SO YOU'RE SUGGESTING THAT MIGHT READ MCCONNELL SUGGESTED FRAIZER LEAD THE RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION INITIATIVE. AND HE AGREED.

CORRECT. ALRIGHT.

ANY OTHER CHANGES TO THE MINUTES AS CIRCULATED.

FUNNY. I'M NOT SURE WHAT MY ADDITION IS UNDER THE CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN THAT'S [INAUDIBLE] DISCUSSED WITH THE FOOD CAUCUS AS OPPOSED TO DECOMPOSING AND COMPOSTING.

THE DECOMPOSING, I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT I SAID, BUT I'M NOT SURE.

BUT I DIDN'T SAY THAT WAS IN THE JUNE 1ST MINUTES.

YEAH. YEAH, MAYBE.

FOCUS IS ON COMPOSTING.

IS THAT SUFFICIENT OR WAS THERE SOME OTHER? YEAH, I THINK WELL, I THINK WHAT I WAS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE THAT IT'S ACTUALLY BROADER THAN COMPOSTING.

I MEAN, IT'S SO FOOD PRODUCTION AND COMPOSTING.

YES. THAT PROBABLY MAKES MORE SENSE.

SUBSTITUTE DECOMPOSE, DECOMPOSING WITH PRODUCING.

YES. LET'S GO WITH THAT.

THAT MAKES SENSE. ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGES TO THE MINUTES AS CIRCULATED? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MINUTES ARE ADOPTED WITH THOSE CORRECTIONS.

[5. NEW BUSINESS ]

MOVING ON TO NEW BUSINESS, CATHERINE FERGUSON'S INQUIRY ABOUT PUBLIC NOTICE BEFORE PESTICIDES OR APPLIED IN PUBLIC PLACES.

CAN STAFF HAVE A BRIEFING INTRO REMINDER ON THIS ONE.

CURRENTLY WE DON'T HAVE.

WELL, YOU CAN USE THAT NOW.

THANK YOU. UM, THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF BACKGROUND ON THE INQUIRY, PLEASE.

LET'S SEE. I DID NOT NECESSARILY RECEIVE THE INQUIRY DIRECTLY.

DID ONE OF YOU? I WAS JUST TOLD TO PUT IT ON THE AGENDA.

SO THIS IS A RESULT OF A GREEN THEMES DISCUSSION.

IS THAT A WRITTEN COMMUNICATION? I DID NOT RECEIVE A WRITTEN COMMUNICATION.

I THOUGHT SOMEONE HAD MENTIONED THAT WE PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION.

AND CATHERINE HAS NOT BEEN TO A GREEN THEME PRESENTATION.

SO. DID ONE OF YOU MENTION IT? I DON'T RECALL EXACTLY HOW IT.

IF THERE'S NO TAKERS, WE'LL INVESTIGATE THAT FURTHER AND BRING IT BACK FOR THE NEXT AGENDA.

UNLESS YOU WANTED TO ADD FURTHER TO THE.

WELL, I THINK THE IDEA WAS TO.

TO TALK ABOUT IT. THAT WAS THE SUGGESTION.

THIS WAS IN RELATION TO SPECIFICALLY PESTICIDES REGARDING MOSQUITOES.

IS THAT THE. I VAGUELY RECALL THE ISSUE AND I BELIEVE THERE WAS DISCUSSION ABOUT AN APPLICATION OF PESTICIDES FOR MOSQUITOES AND A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER THE TOWNSHIP WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN TRYING TO CONTROL MOSQUITOES AND AND HOW NOTIFICATION MIGHT BE HANDLED.

IS THAT. THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR.

YEAH. AND MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT THE ANSWER WE GOT WAS THE TOWNSHIP ISN'T ACTIVELY TRYING TO CONTROL MOSQUITOES.

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SO THERE ISN'T THE ONLY CASE WHERE WE APPLY PESTICIDES AND WE GIVE NOTICE CURRENTLY IS WHEN WE'RE TREATING LAKE LANSING, BUT WE DON'T HAVE A SYSTEM IN PROCESS OTHER THAN THAT.

THAT'S FOR WEED TREATMENT.

THAT'S MORE OF AN HERBICIDE.

RIGHT. AND I BELIEVE THERE WAS SOME SUGGESTION THAT IN SOME COMMUNITIES, AERIAL SPRAYING OF MOSQUITOES WAS UNDERTAKEN.

AND THAT'S NOT DONE OR ANTICIPATED HERE.

SO IT'S NOT THE CONCERN IS THAT YOU'RE RINGING A FEW BELLS THERE.

THANK YOU, BILL. I HOPE THEY'RE IN HARMONY.

IN FACT, I'M REMEMBERING THAT YOU MAY HAVE ACTUALLY PUT THIS ON HERE.

OOPS. COURTNEY, PLEASE GO AHEAD.

QUICK QUESTION. SO I REMEMBER JUST HAVING SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN.

THE SCHOOL, I BELIEVE, DOES APPLY PESTICIDES, BUT WE ARE GIVEN NOTICE VIA NEWSLETTER AND OR EMAIL.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MAY BE PART OF WHERE THE COMPLAINTS.

YEAH. MY RECOLLECTION IS IT WAS A CONCERN.

IF THERE IS A TOWNSHIP LEVEL PROGRAM, HOW WOULD THAT NOTIFICATION BE MADE? AND THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION OF NOTIFICATION OF THE HERBICIDE TREATMENTS AT LAKE LANSING AND WHETHER THAT MIGHT SERVE AS A MODEL FOR.

BUT SINCE THERE IS NO ANTICIPATED TOWNSHIP APPLICATION, IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S MAYBE A MOOT POINT.

AND IN THE CASE OF THE I'M SORRY, IN THE CASE OF LAKE LANSING, THE ENGINEER THAT THE SAD, THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT THAT HANDLES THAT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TOWNSHIP PUTS NOTICES AROUND EVERY YARD, USUALLY A DAY OR TWO BEFORE. AND IT LISTS WHEN YOU WHAT YOU CAN DO AND WHEN YOU CAN DO IT.

MAYBE THE CONCERN CAME BECAUSE OF BOAT RAMPS AND THE SWIMMING.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW THAT THE PUBLIC NECESSARILY KNOWS OR IF THERE'S ONE LITTLE POSTING THAT SOMEONE WOULD READ IT, I'M NOT SURE.

I DON'T, I HAVEN'T BEEN IN THE GREEN MEETINGS IN A LONG TIME, BUT THAT THAT COULD BE.

DID YOU RECEIVE ONE OF THOSE NOTICES? OH, YEAH. COULD YOU MAYBE FORWARD THAT MAYBE A PHOTOGRAPH OR WHATEVER OF THAT SO WE CAN LOOK AT IT AND SEE HOW THAT NOTIFICATION BEING DONE? YEAH, IF I KEPT ONE.

WELL, BUT WE CAN. WE CAN.

WE CAN GET ONE FOR. YOU SAID YOU'RE WORKING WITH SUSAN ANDREWS, SO.

YEAH, SHE'D HAVE ONE, SHE'S ON THAT COMMITTEE.

ONE THING THAT I'M AWARE OF, AT LEAST I HAVEN'T SEEN IT RECENTLY, BUT I REMEMBER IT AFTERNOON A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT WHEN THEY WERE APPLYING PESTICIDES AND SOME OF THE PARKS THAT THEY DO, MAYBE FOR THE SOCCER FIELD, THAT A NOTIFICATION WENT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.

I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT'S HAPPENED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I REMEMBER THAT THERE SOMETHING DID HAPPEN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

SO MAYBE THERE'S JUST SOMETHING IN PLACE, YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PUBLIC PLACES THAT A NOTIFICATION CAN BE SENT OUT.

SO YOU'RE REFERRING TO TREATMENTS ON TOWNSHIP PARK PROPERTY, SO MAYBE STAFF CAN INQUIRE WITH PARKS TO SEE IF THEY HAVE A PROCEDURE FOR NOTIFICATION OF RESIDENTS OF TREATMENTS ON THEIR PROPERTIES.

AS I RECALL, THEY DON'T, BUT I'LL RECHECK THAT.

YEAH. THANK YOU.

AND NEXT, THERE MAY BE A SIMPLE OPT IN OPTION TO RECEIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA ALERTS THROUGH OUR INFORMATION.

SO THAT'S JUST A NOTE ABOUT HOW NOTIFICATION MIGHT BE HANDLED IN THESE INSTANCES.

SORRY. ANYTHING ELSE ON THE ISSUE OF PUBLIC NOTICE BEFORE PESTICIDES ARE APPLIED IN PUBLIC PLACES?

[6. OLD BUSINESS ]

NONE. LET'S MOVE TO OLD BUSINESS AND OUR MAIN ITEM OF THE AGENDA THIS EVENING, CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN UPDATES.

THANKS AGAIN TO STAFF FOR THE MINUTES OF THE LAST TWO MEETINGS AND GETTING CAUGHT UP ON THAT.

I KNOW IT'S NOT EASY, BUT IT IS REALLY USEFUL AND KIND OF REFRESHING MEMORIES OF THOSE OF US WHOSE MEMORIES ARE NO LONGER EXPANDING ON WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT AND WHERE WE'RE GOING.

WE HAVE AN INTERN THAT IS ASSISTED WITH TRANSCRIBING THOSE, LAUREN IN OUR DEPARTMENT, SO I WAS GRATEFUL FOR HER STEPPING UP TO GIVE HER CREDIT.

WE DON'T HAVE A FORMAL AGENDA ITEM FOR THE CLIMATE STILL SUSTAINABILITY PLAN UPDATES.

I AM AWARE THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME DEVELOPMENT ON THE WATER WETLANDS SIDE OF THE PLAN AND I'M WONDERING IF IT MIGHT MAKE SENSE FOR US TO KIND OF CHECK IN WITH SOME OF THE OTHER PORTIONS OF THE PLAN BRIEFLY, JUST FOR QUICK UPDATES AND THEN KIND OF FOCUS MOST OF OUR DISCUSSION ON THE WATER AND WETLAND UPDATES.

IF THAT'S ACCEPTABLE, LET'S START WITH ENERGY.

THERE'S ALWAYS LOTS OF GOOD ENERGY IN THAT AREA.

AND I THINK I SAW RECENTLY A COMMUNICATION THAT PROVIDED SOME KIND OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS, MILESTONE SUCCESSES IN THAT

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REGARD. AND I WONDER IF WE MIGHT SHARE THOSE WITH THE COMMUNITY.

YES. THE YOU KNOW, THE ENERGY TEAM HAS FINISHED THE LAST SECTION THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT, WHICH IS ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

BEFORE THAT, WE LOOKED AT RENEWABLE ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION, AND OUR WORK WAS GREATLY AIDED BY A REPORT FROM ECHO WORKS, WHO'S BEEN WORKING WITH LEROY ON OUR UTILITY DATA.

AND I'LL JUST DO A FEW HIGHLIGHTS.

ONE THING THAT WAS NICE WAS THAT THEY DID CONVERT SOME OF THE STATISTICS INTO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REDUCTIONS, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY HELPFUL IN A PLAN THAT RELATES TO GREENHOUSE GASES.

AND SO I JUST MENTIONED THAT, YOU KNOW, IF WE LOOK AT IMPROVED PERFORMANCE BETWEEN OUR BASE YEAR, WHICH IS THE, AH SEE, NIGHT 2018 AND THE YEAR 2021, WE MADE SOME SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS.

THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING HAD A 33% REDUCTION.

OF COURSE, THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK WAS DONE ON THE HVAC SYSTEM.

AS YOU KNOW, PUBLIC SAFETY WAS DOWN 27%, THE SOUTH FIRE STATION 15%.

AND A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THAT WAS, I THINK, THE NEW SOLAR SYSTEM AND THE MAIN FIRE STATION, 12 AND ONE HALF PERCENT.

NOW, THERE WERE A COUPLE THAT HAD INCREASED USAGES, HARRIS NATURE CENTER.

OF COURSE, THAT'S A SMALL FACILITY.

AND THE SERVICE CENTER HAD A MODEST INCREASE OF 6.7%.

WE HAVE THREE OBJECTIVES.

ONE IS TO ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS, ENERGY COST SAVINGS AND TOWNSHIP FACILITIES.

WE JUST KIND OF HAVE A NEW OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE MSU RECENTLY GOT A FEDERAL GRANT FOR A NEW ENERGY ASSESSMENT CENTER, AND WE'VE CONTACTED THEM AND THEY'RE VERY INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US ON OUR THREE BUILDINGS THE SERVICE CENTER, THE TOWNSHIP HALL, THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING, AND POTENTIALLY THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT.

THIS IS A WELL-ESTABLISHED FEDERAL PROGRAM.

THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT MSU'S BEEN DOING IT.

U OF M USED TO HAVE A PROGRAM.

BASICALLY A PROFESSOR AND SENIOR STUDENTS DO THE AUDIT ASSESSMENTS AT NO COST TO THE CLIENTS.

AND SO I THINK THIS WILL BE A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF GET THE LATEST THINKING ABOUT WHAT OUR OPPORTUNITIES ARE IN OUR MAJOR BUILDINGS. THE SECOND OBJECTIVE IS TO BASICALLY EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES, AND SOME OF THAT THESE DAYS, OF COURSE, CAN BE LOOKING INTO POTENTIAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DIFFERENT PROJECTS WITH ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY OUT THERE.

AND THE THIRD OBJECTIVE HAS TO DO WITH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TOWNSHIP STAFF AND RESIDENTS ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY SAVINGS.

SO THOSE ARE JUST KIND OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

YOU ALL GOT COPIES OF IT SO YOU CAN KIND OF LOOK IF YOU SO DESIRE AT THE MORE SPECIFIC STRATEGIES.

THANKS. ANY QUESTIONS FOR JOE? I WAS PARTICULARLY NOTING SOMETHING I SAW YESTERDAY THAT WAS PROVIDING SOME SUCCESSES ON THE SOLARIZE MERIDIAN EFFORT, AND I THINK I READ 100 ATTENDEES.

FOURTEEN OF THOSE HAVE PURCHASED SYSTEMS AND SOMETHING LIKE 115 KILOWATTS.

SO THAT SEEMS LIKE A PROGRAM THAT'S REALLY MEETING ITS OBJECTIVES.

YES, I THINK WE'VE BEEN KIND OF PLEASED WITH WHAT'S HAPPENED SO FAR.

WE'VE DONE FIVE MEETINGS.

THERE'S ONE LAST MEETING PLANNED FOR EITHER SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER.

AND UNLESS SOMEBODY KIND OF APPROACHES US, THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE LAST MEETING BECAUSE WE'RE KIND OF RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO GET INSTALLATIONS.

DAYLIGHT SHRINKING. YEAH.

GOTCHA. ALL RIGHT.

ANYTHING ELSE ON ENERGY? OKAY. HOW ABOUT FOOD COMPOSTING? WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE SOME QUICK HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT ACTIVITIES? YEAH, WE JUST HAD A SORT OF AN IMPROMPTU MEETING ON THE MEETING PORTION OF IT.

AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THREE GOALS.

ONE IS CLEANING AND THE OTHER IS GETTING INTO SCHOOLS.

AND THEN THE THIRD IS THE ORGANIC WASTE, SOME KIND OF SYSTEM GOING ON AT CASA MERIDIAN AND SO ON. THE GLEANING, WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF VOLUNTEER INTEREST AND THE PRODUCTION IS COMING AS IT WOULD THAT THERE'S WE HAD 418 POUNDS OR I HAVE DAVE'S REPORT RIGHT HERE IF YOU ASK ME TO TELL YOU THE EXACT REPORT.

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THE EXACT NUMBER. SURE.

I MEAN, YEAH.

SO 418 WAS RIGHT FOR SO WE GOT OUR MOST RECENT DAY OF GLEANING WAS JULY 30TH AND IT PRODUCED AND PRODUCE AND BAKED GOODS TOTALED 418 POUNDS FROM EIGHT FARMERS AND VENDORS.

SO THEN THE TOTAL FOR THE THIS SINCE WE STARTED IS 1,167 POUNDS THAT WE'VE COLLECTED FROM THE FARMER'S MARKET AND DISTRIBUTED TO FOOD BANKS AND ALSO SOUP KITCHENS.

BACK TO YOU. YEAH.

SO WE'RE WELL, EVEN MORE VOLUNTEERS FROM THERE AND PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY MOTIVATED AND HAVE EACH COME FROM A DIFFERENT BACKGROUND AND HAVE SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE AND ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

SO THERE ARE OTHER PLACES TO GET EVEN MORE FOOD AND AND MORE PLACES THAT WANT IT.

SO THE DISCUSSION WAS, WHAT DO WE DO NEXT? I MEAN, HOW FAR DO WE GO? AND AND WHAT WE DECIDED WAS, YOU KNOW, IT'S PRODUCE ONLY WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THEIR THEY EXPERIMENTED WITH TODAY'S MARKET ON WEDNESDAY TO SEE WHAT THEY COULD COLLECT AS A COUPLE OF THE VENDORS AREN'T THERE ON SATURDAYS SO IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE YOU KNOW AND TOM KERRY SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THE PRODUCE PEOPLE HAVE REALLY MEET THE VENDORS HAVE REALLY NEED TO BE USED UP.

SO IT'S NOT LIKE IF YOU HAVE ONE ON WEDNESDAY, YOU GET LESS ON SATURDAY FROM THE SAME VENDOR KIND OF THING.

SO THE TWO NONPROFITS THAT ARE PICKING UP FROM OUR COOLER ARE THE ONE THAT MYRNA WILSON HELPS MANAGE, AND THAT'S IN LANSING.

AND THEN THERE'S ANOTHER SOUTHSIDE SOUP KITCHEN.

SO THAT'S ACTUALLY A SOUP KITCHEN.

SO THEY'RE ACTUALLY PREPARING FOR IT AS OPPOSED TO JUST GIVING IT TO INDIVIDUALS.

SO THEY'RE KIND OF MAXED OUT.

AND THERE'S OTHER PLACES, I GUESS, KRISTA RAY HAD APPROACHED TOM CAREY ABOUT ACTUALLY HIS OTHER MARKET BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE DOES THE WILLIAMSTOWN.

AND SO WE'RE FOLLOWING UP ON THAT.

AND THERE'S A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS I HAVE TO DO.

MY NOTES. I DIDN'T TAKE THEM OUT FROM TODAY, BUT JUST A LOT OF EXCITEMENT.

AND, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK EVERYBODY FEELS REALLY GOOD ABOUT IT.

AND THE VENDORS GET A RECEIPT WITH THE POUNDS ON IT THAT WE SIGN AND THEY FILL IN THE DOLLAR AMOUNT IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO A DEDUCTION, WHICH THEY'RE CERTAINLY ALLOWED TO DO. THEY'VE BEEN NOTHING BUT COOPERATIVE.

AND IT'S IT'S REALLY BEEN FUN.

SO AND ALSO ON THE SCHOOL FRONT, I HAVE NEW STUFF AND I HAVEN'T REPORTED, BUT THE BRIDGET BOOTH WOULD LIKE TO BE AT OUR NEXT FOOD TO COMPOST AND TELL US WHAT'S GOING ON WITH HASLETT.

WE HAD SARAH ALLEN ON TO TELL US ABOUT OKEMOS THIS PAST WEEK AND SHE'S GOING TO SORT OF BE THE INTERIM, THE CONDUIT, I GUESS.

AND WE OFFERED TO DO THE FOOD AUDIT AT LUNCH KIND OF THING.

AND THEN WE HAD DAN OPSOMER AT OUR LAST MEETING.

AND YOU, YOU KNOW, YOU WERE THERE AND WE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE NEW PROGRAM AND HE WAS OPEN TO THE PILOT PROGRAM THAT WAS DONE IN FERNDALE WITH PICKING UP FOOD SCRAPS.

AND SO I DID FIND THE RECORDING FROM THE MICHIGAN RECYCLING COALITION.

THERE'S A ONE HOUR PRESENTATION.

ANYBODY ELSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT, I CAN SEND YOU THAT LINK.

AND HE SEEMED TO BE VERY OPEN TO IT AND THEY OPENED TWO NEW [INAUDIBLE] I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A WHILE TO GET THE DESIGN FOR LIVING OFF OF LANSING ROAD TO GET A COUPLE BENDS OVER THERE FOR FOOD SCRAPS.

SO THEY'RE THERE AND THEN THEY'RE AT THE ALSO A COUPLE BINS AT THE MERIDIAN FOOD MARKET.

SO IT'S A START.

AND SO ALL OF THAT'S GOOD STUFF, I THINK.

YEAH, YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

QUESTIONS ON THE COMPOSTING ORGANIC WASTE SIDE.

I TUNE INTO THE CONVERSATIONS AS I CAN, AND MY SENSE IS THAT BOTH ON THE SORT OF SIDE OF THOSE FARMERS OR GROCERS OR FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS, THERE'S A LOT OF EXPLORATION OF ALTERNATIVES FOR HOW TO DISPOSE OF ORGANIC WASTES RATHER THAN LANDFILL.

I GET THE SENSE THAT OUR SUPERMARKETS ARE EXPLORING OPTIONS CONSTANTLY AND THEY'RE SHIFTING AND OUR WASTE HAULERS ARE VYING FOR HOW THEIR ROLE FITS INTO THIS.

SOME OF THEM ARE CAPTURING THE ORGANICS DIFFERENTLY THAN THE OTHER SOLID WASTE.

SOME ARE COMBINING.

SO IT SEEMS LIKE A REALLY DYNAMIC MOMENT, BOTH IN THE SORT OF PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT SIDE.

SO IT SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GREAT TIME TO BE GETTING A FINGER ON THE PULSE AND FIGURING OUT WHERE WE CAN WHERE WE CAN HELP.

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I'M TALKING ABOUT WASTE.

I HAVE ANYTHING ON THE FOOD SIDE OR OTHER ISSUES.

NOT SO MUCH. WELL, JUST A QUESTION FOR LEROY, I SEE IN OUR CLIMATE PLAN UPDATE THAT YOU SHARED IN THE AGENDA.

THE FOOD SECTION ISN'T IN THERE.

SO DO WE NEED TO GET THAT TO YOU STILL OR.

YEAH, WE HAVE A GOOGLE DRIVE WHERE WE'RE SORT OF SHARING THE LATEST DRAFT.

SO YEAH, WE CAN DEFINITELY UPLOAD THAT AND YEAH, I'LL SHARE A LINK WITH EVERYBODY AND ONCE WE HAVE THAT IN THERE.

THANK YOU FOR THAT. THERE WAS SOME QUESTION ABOUT HOW THAT RELATES WITH THE WASTE REDUCTION AND RECYCLING.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU'VE GOT A DOCUMENT THAT STANDS ON ITS OWN, SO LET'S JUST UPLOAD IT AND PUT IT THERE.

OKAY. ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THE OTHER MAIN PORTION OF THE CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY SUSTAINABILITY PLAN IS WATER MANAGEMENT.

AND THAT WAS AN UMBRELLA TERM THAT WE USED LAST TIME AROUND TO TALK BOTH ABOUT STORMWATER AND DRINKING WATER, WATER SUPPLY AND WATER, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT.

SO IT'S KIND OF A BIG AREA.

AND THE MOST OF THE ENERGY, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THAT WE'VE HAD SO FAR AROUND THAT PORTION OF THE PLAN IS FOCUSING ON WETLANDS AND THE SERVICES THAT THEY PROVIDE TO THE TOWNSHIP.

IF I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY, WHAT WE HAVE IN THE PACKET THIS EVENING IS AN EDITED, AMENDED VERSION DRAFT OF THE LAST VERSION.

I'M HAVING A LITTLE TROUBLE FIGURING OUT WHICH PARTS ARE FROM THE PREVIOUS PLAN AND WHICH PARTS ARE THE NEW ADDITIONS.

AND I GUESS MAYBE WE NEED TO WORK FOR TOWARDS A SYSTEM THAT MAKES A LITTLE BIT MORE CLEAR FOR THOSE WHO ARE COMING AT IT, LIKE ME TRYING TO GET UP TO SPEED QUICKLY, WHICH PARTS ARE NEW AND WHICH AREN'T.

KENDRA ARE YOU PREPARED TO WALK US THROUGH THE TEXT WE'VE GOT IN FRONT OF US AND HELP US SEE WHICH PARTS ARE FROM THE PREEXISTING PLAN AND WHICH ARE NEW? ABSOLUTELY. SO IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET THAT DOCUMENT UP ON THE SCREEN LEROY, SO THAT FOLKS AT HOME AND OTHERS CAN KIND OF FOLLOW ALONG? WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.

AS I, WELL I'LL LET KENDRA SPEAK TO THIS.

WHILE IT'S COMING UP, I CERTAINLY HOPE WE CAN FIND A SLIGHTLY MORE POSITIVE IMAGE.

I THINK THAT ONE DOES HAVE SOME REAL EMOTIONAL APPEAL TO IT.

SO I'M HOPING FOR I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO ADD SOME PICTURES OF [INAUDIBLE] AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF IN HERE SO I CAN THANKS FOR PULLING THAT UP.

SO PART OF THIS, I HAVE TO SAY, IS TWEET ME HERE.

SO OUR [INAUDIBLE] LEE AND I WROTE THIS TOGETHER.

SHE'S ON BOARD WITH ME.

SO LET ME TELL YOU WHAT PARTS ARE NEW.

AND AND I JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME BEFORE TO ADD THE EDIT CHANGES AND SORT THAT THING OUT.

I JUST GOT THE INFORMATION TO LEROY AND THEN WE THREW IT IN THERE REAL QUICK.

SO IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE WAY DOWN TO WHERE IT SAYS WETLANDS COVER 25% OF MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, THAT'S NEW.

IT LOOKS LIKE THE LINE SPACING GETS A LITTLE BIT WIDER THERE, SO THAT KIND OF HELPS VISUALLY TO CATCH IT.

SO IN EVEN THE PREVIOUS PARAGRAPH BEFORE THAT HAS AN ERROR IN IT, WE HAVE TO REPLACE IT TWO TO 2 TO 1.

BUT ANYWAYS, SO ALL EVERYTHING ON WETLANDS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE END OF WHAT SERVICES THEY OFFER IS NEW. LIKE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM NUMBER FIVE THERE.

AND THEN AND THEN WE SKIPPED OVER TO LIKE THE STRATEGIES AND BECAUSE STORMWATER IS ALREADY IN THERE.

SO THEN I PUT THE STARTING OBJECTIVE E5 IS WHERE WETLANDS THAT STARTS WHERE THE NEW STUFF IS.

SO I APOLOGIZE.

IT'S REALLY NO THAT'S OKAY.

I KNOW BECAUSE I JUST DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO SORT THAT OUT.

BUT SO THAT'S THE NEW STUFF.

LET'S, LET'S START WITH THE TEXT THAT'S BEEN ADDED TO THE MAIN PREAMBLE TO THE WATER MANAGEMENT.

SO THAT'S THE LAST PARAGRAPH ON PAGE SIX OF THE PACKET.

WETLANDS COVER OVER 25%.

SO THIS IS ILLUSTRATING THE IMPORTANCE OF WETLANDS TO THE TOWNSHIP.

AND THE NEXT PARAGRAPH BEGINNING ON THE NEXT PAGE IS THE BENEFITS THEY PROVIDE.

AND THEN THOSE ARE LISTED IN FIVE BULLET POINTS WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT.

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WATER QUALITY PROTECTION.

HAZARD MANAGEMENT.

HABITAT. WILDLIFE PROTECTION AND CARBON SEQUESTRATION.

ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT IN THOSE PARAGRAPHS? I MEAN, I THINK THAT YOU I DON'T KNOW.

SO BASICALLY, I MEAN, ELIZABETH SAID, YOU KNOW, IT'S COVERS 25% OF THE TOWNSHIP WE HAVE RELEASED.

WE DID A PRESENTATION BACK IN JULY OF 21 ON WETLANDS.

THE STUDENTS DID A GREAT JOB WITH THAT AND SO TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE MORE COMMON ONES.

BUT WE, YOU KNOW, IN THE WE HAVE SOME SPECIAL WETLANDS IN OUR TOWNSHIP.

AND ONE PARTICULAR IS A FEN, WHICH WE HAVE IN ONE OF OUR PRESERVES IN THE DAVIS FOSTER PRESERVE.

AND THEN ALSO WE'RE LOOKING AT NOT ONLY HIGHLIGHTING THAT, BUT ALSO ADDING VERNAL POOLS INTO AND THE IMPORTANCE THAT THEY PROVIDE TO OUR ECOSYSTEM.

AND THEN IF WE LOOK AT I DON'T KNOW THAT ANY OF THIS IS ANY SURPRISING TO YOU THAT IT HELPS WITH WATER QUALITY, WATER PROTECTION, YOU KNOW, FLOOD MANAGEMENT, DROUGHT AND HELPING PROTECT WILDLIFE.

I MEAN, ANY OF THIS AND, YOU KNOW, HELP WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AS FAR AS STORING CARBON, YOU KNOW, EQUAL TO 189 MILLION CARS PER YEAR, PER PER ACRE.

SO I THINK THAT I THINK WE CAN I DON'T KNOW, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WETLANDS FOR, WHAT, A YEAR NOW? I MEAN, SO I THINK WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT.

IS THERE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THAT KIND OF THINGS AT ALL? I THINK YOU DID A PRETTY GREAT JOB.

I JUST THANK YOU FOR THAT NICE CHUNK OF ADDITION.

I HAVEN'T SPENT ANY TIME EDITING, BUT YOU CAN I'LL SEND YOU THE LINK TO THIS FILE.

SO IF ANYBODY WANTS TO COMMENT, THEY CAN.

AND IF SOMEONE FROM THE COMMITTEE WANTS TO DIRECTLY ADD TO THE STUFF AS YOU HAVE, THAT WE CAN CREATE PERMISSIONS FOR THAT.

SAME GOES WITH ANY OF THE SECTIONS.

SO IT REALLY HASN'T DONE WE HAVEN'T DONE A COHESIVE EDIT TYING IT ALL TOGETHER YET, BUT.

RIGHT. AND IF YOU CAN HELP US SORT OUT, I THINK THIS BILL IS SAYING WHATEVER WE SORT OUT HOW TO DO THAT, THAT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL.

SO AND THEN DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ANY COMMENTS ON THAT END OF THINGS? LET ME JUST MAKE ONE MORE COMMENT.

IF YOU GO TO THIS, THIS IS IN MY STAFF UPDATE BIT.LY, BIT.LY, FORWARD SLASH UPDATE, HYPHEN LEROY. YOU CAN GET TO THE TO THE LINK FOR ALL THE DRAFTS, WHETHER YOU'RE IN THE PUBLIC OR HERE TODAY.

SO ANYWAY, I GUESS ONE THING I WOULD HOPE THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AND MAYBE I'M MISSING IT EITHER IN THE PRIOR OR THE NEW EDITION, BUT WE TALK ABOUT OUR WETLANDS PROTECTION ORDINANCE THAT'S MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN STATE REGULATIONS AND WHAT IT DOES. I DON'T KNOW THAT I'VE SEEN ANY SORT OF BASELINE OR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW MUCH TOWNSHIP WETLAND HAS BEEN PROTECTED AS A RESULT OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE.

AND CERTAINLY WE KNOW HOW MANY WETLAND USE PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED.

WE'VE HEARD SORT OF INFORMALLY FROM OUR WETLANDS CONSULTANT THAT THOSE HAVE ALL BEEN DEEMED SUCCESSFUL ENOUGH THAT THE BONDS HAVE NOT HAD TO BEEN USED FOR REMEDIATION.

SO IT MIGHT BE USEFUL IN THE CONTEXT OF ACKNOWLEDGING PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO SEE IF WE COULD GET SOME JUST KIND OF HIGH LEVEL INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF PERMITS THAT THE TOWNSHIP HAS PROCESSED AND THE SORT OF ACREAGE THAT'S INVOLVED IN THE MITIGATION THAT'S RESULTED FROM THE TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE, ESPECIALLY SHOULD THE TOWNSHIP ENVISION CONSIDER ENTERTAIN THE NOTION OF AMENDING THE WETLAND ORDINANCE EITHER TO MAKE IT MORE STRINGENT OR LESS.

IT WOULD BE USEFUL TO KNOW WHAT THE ORDINANCE IN PLACE HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

MY PERSONAL OBSERVATION IS THAT THE RATE OF WETLAND USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS HAS DECLINED SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE.

I FEEL LIKE IN MY FIRST YEARS ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, WE WERE REGULARLY SEEING WETLAND USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR AND THAT HAS DECREASED. I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT IS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THE PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN CONCERNED.

IF THAT'S THE ECONOMY, IF THAT'S THE WAY APPLICANTS ARE APPROACHING THINGS.

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BUT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL TO HEAR FROM THE PLANNING STAFF ABOUT THEIR VIEWS ON HOW THE TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE IS WORKING AND WHETHER THERE HAS BEEN A DECREASE IN WHAT MIGHT ACCOUNT FOR THAT.

SHOULD WE ANTICIPATE AN UPSURGE? COULD WE ANTICIPATE AN UPSURGE IN NEW APPLICATIONS IN THE FUTURE, OR ARE WE SEEING A TREND IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER? SO IT WOULD BE GREAT.

I SEE YOU'RE GETTING NOTES IN THERE.

SO IF WE COULD, I PERSONALLY WOULD FIND THAT INFORMATION.

YEAH. YEAH.

YOU KNOW, JUST FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH THE ONES THAT HAVE COME IN HERE, IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN THEY COME IN TO US, WE END UP WITH WETLANDS ACTUALLY BEING IMPROVED.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S IF EVERYBODY WOULD AGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT, BUT, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TO I MEAN, A LOT OF THESE WETLANDS.

RIGHT. HAVEN'T NOBODY'S BEEN KIND OF TAKING CARE OF THEM.

AND THE DEVELOPER HAS TO DO SOME WORK AND SOME OF THAT IS KIND OF GETTING RID OF INVASIVE SPECIES.

SO I THINK IN ADDITION TO MAINTAINING, WE'VE ALSO AND I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD MEASURE THIS, ACTUALLY IMPROVED SOME OF THE WETLANDS.

YEAH. MY SENSE IS THAT THAT'S PRETTY TRICKY.

BUT CERTAINLY IF THE TOWNSHIP'S WETLAND CONSULTANT BELIEVES THAT A MITIGATION EFFORT HAS SUCCEEDED AND THE SIZE OF THAT MITIGATION EXCEEDED THE SIZE OF THE DISTURBANCE, THAT WOULD FEEL LIKE A GOOD INDICATOR OF IMPROVEMENT AND INCREASE IN SIZE WITH AT LEAST AN EQUAL OR GREATER QUALITY YOU WOULD HOPE WOULD WOULD BE AN INDICATOR.

BUT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK STATISTICS, MAYBE NOT ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE, BUT MAYBE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS WOULD BE HELPFUL.

WELL, I THINK IF WE CAN GO OVER TO KIND OF WHAT SOME OF THE OBJECTIVES AND WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS THAT TO MOVE TO THAT PLACE OR TO.

YEAH, PLEASE. THE THE THAT YEAH, SURE.

IT'S GOING TO BE FIVE.

SO BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, WHICH IS WHAT WE'VE ALREADY BEEN STARTING ON SOME OF THE STUFF BUT PROVIDING EDUCATION, HOW CRITICAL WETLANDS ARE TO CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY FOR ALL THE REASONS LISTED ABOVE.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF I JUST NEED TO SPEAK MORE ABOUT ANY OF THOSE REASONS.

I MEAN, DOES ANYONE AT THIS POINT HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT END OF THINGS? BUT, YOU KNOW, HELPING THE DECISION MAKERS UNDERSTAND THAT AND IDENTIFY THE WETLANDS THAT ARE IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

SO I'M NOT SURE THAT MANY FOLKS I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE WE KNEW WE HAD A FRIEND AT DAVIS FOSTER, YOU KNOW, SO AND THEN UNDERSTANDING HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE FOR WATER FILTRATION AND FLOOD PROTECTION, ABSORBING CARBON CRITICAL HABITAT, AND THEN PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS ON BENEFITS, LAWS, ORDINANCES VIA TOWNSHIP WEBSITE BROCHURES AND FLIERS.

I MEAN, WE ARE ALREADY MAKING PROGRESS IN THOSE IN THOSE CATEGORIES.

YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THE WETLANDS ORDINANCE.

I JUST I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE WE HAVE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS NOW, SO I DON'T KNOW HOW AND IT'S ON THE WEBSITE, WHICH IS FANTASTIC. SO WE'VE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN THAT AREA.

SO. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS ON THAT FIRST OBJECTIVE? ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO CHANGE THAT AND IMPROVE THAT? MY FIRST ONE, MAYBE JUST INSTEAD OF PROVIDE, MAYBE REGULARLY UPDATE.

OH, FAIR ENOUGH. EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS.

I FEEL LIKE I SAW RECENTLY SOME STATISTICS ON THE SUCCESS OF THOSE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, INCLUDING ATTENDANCE AT PROGRAMS, VISITS TO WEBSITE AND OTHERS.

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW SPECIFIC WE WANT TO GET IN HERE ON BENCHMARKS AND CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS.

BUT AGAIN, THE MORE WE CAN DOCUMENT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE RECEIVING HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE RESPONDED TO, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE REACHED OUT TO THE TOWNSHIP AS A RESULT OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS THAT THEY RECEIVED? THOSE ARE, FOR ME, GOLD STANDARD.

IF WE AS A COMMISSION PRODUCE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS THAT GO OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE TOWNSHIP RECEIVES INQUIRIES AS A RESULT, THAT FEELS TO ME LIKE AN INDICATOR THAT WE'VE FOUND AN AUDIENCE THAT'S INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE.

SURE. AND I MEAN, I THINK IN GENERAL, JUST EVEN NOT ONLY HAVING THE PUBLIC REACHING OUT TO, BUT JUST HAVING I MEAN, I THINK THE GOAL THAT I CERTAINLY WAS LOOKING AT WHEN WE STARTED TO DEVELOP THIS WHOLE THING WAS, YOU KNOW, HAVING EVERYONE KIND OF WORKED TOGETHER, KNOW, LIKE HAVING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN

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COMMISSIONERS, DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, MAYBE.

SO THAT THAT'S MY, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY I'M NOT WORKING AT THE TOWNSHIP, SO I DON'T KNOW IF THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING, BUT I'M HOPING THAT THEY THEY ARE THERE'S CERTAINLY THE MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE.

SO I THINK THAT WE CAN I WOULD WONDER ABOUT WHAT PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE.

I MEAN, I GUESS THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION LIKE THIS.

IS ANYONE AWARE OF THE PROTOCOLS THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE AT THE TOWNSHIP ON THESE KIND OF THESE MATTERS? I'M SORRY, PROTOCOLS FOR LIKE, YOU KNOW, LIKE, YOU KNOW, LIKE DOCUMENTING INQUIRIES, DOCUMENTING INQUIRIES, COMMUNICATION AMONG STAFF, COMMUNICATION AMONG DIFFERENT COMMISSIONS AND BOARD. I'M I'M DOING MY BEST TO KIND OF BRING PEOPLE ALONG.

AND WE HAVE THIS THE WETLAND EDUCATION TEAM.

BUT LIKE HOW IS THAT WORKING WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP? I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION.

I THINK I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING WHAT KIND OF PROTOCOLS THERE MIGHT BE IN PLACE.

AND AS FAR AS I'M AWARE, OUR MECHANISM FOR THAT REALLY IS THE LIAISONS BETWEEN BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

SO WE HOPE THAT YOU LINK US TO LAND PRESERVATION, THAT I LINK THIS TO PLANNING COMMISSION, THAT OTHERS LINK TO OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, THE TRUSTEES, AND KIND OF PROVIDE THAT CROSS WALKING IN THAT MODE.

AND I'M NOT SURE HOW TO WHETHER THAT CAN OR SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED, BUT IF YOU HAVE THOUGHTS ON THAT, I MEAN, I REALLY DON'T OTHER THAN I JUST WONDER ABOUT LIKE HAVING SOME MAYBE [INAUDIBLE] SO WHEN SOMEONE COMES TO SOMEONE INQUIRES ABOUT, YOU KNOW, I GUESS IDENTIFYING WETLANDS WHERE THEY ARE IN THE TOWN, YOU KNOW, IN THE TOWNSHIP. HOW DO WE MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT THAT? I MEAN, NOT ME, BUT LIKE HOW HOW DO FOLKS MAKE THOSE DECISIONS WHEN CONSIDERING DIFFERENT PROJECTS? BECAUSE I MEAN, SO THAT'S BASICALLY KIND OF LOOKING AT THAT FIRST ONE.

SO AND THEN IF WE LOOK AT THE SECOND ONE, THIS KIND OF THE SECOND OBJECTIVE HERE, WHICH IS E SIX IS IDENTIFY AND CONTINUE TO MONITOR OR MEASURE THE AMOUNT AND CONDITION OF WETLANDS REMAINING IN THE TOWNSHIP.

SO USING THE WETLAND VIEWER, THE GIS SYSTEM, YOU KNOW, KIND OF UPDATING THOSE AND MONITORING THEM, ASSESSING WHETHER THEY'RE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED, VERNAL POOLS ARE PROTECTED.

WE HAVE THE BUFFER ORDINANCE AND ADDRESS ANY GAPS IN THOSE PROTECTIONS, PROVIDING SIGNAGE TO IDENTIFY WETLANDS THROUGHOUT THE TOWNSHIP AND IDENTIFY AND ENSURE HIGH QUALITY, FUNCTIONING WETLANDS IN THE TOWNSHIP ARE PROTECTED AND DETERMINE THE PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING THESE WETLANDS.

SO I THINK IN GENERAL, HOW DOES THAT PROCESS HAPPEN? YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THERE CERTAINLY IS THE EAGLE WETLAND VIEWER AND THE GIS SYSTEM.

AND I MEAN, I THINK THE GIS STAFF PERSON CARE, MEANING THAT I CERTAINLY HAVE TALKED TO A FEW TIMES ABOUT THIS STUFF.

I KNOW THAT SHE'S NO LONGER WORKING IN THE TOWNSHIP.

SO AGAIN, SO HOW THE HOW DOES THAT GET UPDATED IN THE SYSTEM? HOW DOES THAT COMMUNICATION HAPPEN? HOW DO WE TRACK AND MONITOR THAT? AND THEN WE'RE CERTAINLY HAVE I GET TO LIVE DOWN LOWER WORKING ON THE BUFFERS.

BUT HOW DOES ANY OF THAT HAPPEN? HOW DO WE MONITOR THAT STUFF? HOW DO YOU LET THE PUBLIC KNOW ABOUT THIS STUFF AND WHERE THEY ARE AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF? COMMISSIONER [INAUDIBLE] YES I MEAN, JUST, I GUESS, TWO SMALL SUGGESTIONS.

I THINK OVERALL THIS LOOKS GREAT.

I MIGHT PUT MEASURE AND MONITOR RATHER THAN AND OR AND ALSO IT SEEMS LIKE THE PROVIDING SIGNAGE NUMBER FIVE OF YOUR STRATEGIES MAY FIT BETTER IN THE EDUCATION.

LIKE THE ONE ABOVE IT.

FAIR ENOUGH. WHAT WAS THE CHANGE? SORRY, I THINK WHAT I HEARD WAS THAT A NUMBER OF FIVE ON E SIX PROVIDE SIGNAGE MIGHT FIT MORE EASILY INTO THE EDUCATION OBJECTIVE. E FIVE, AND THERE WAS ALSO A MONITOR OR.

IN THE OBJECTIVE E6, IT SAYS MONITOR AND OR MEASURE.

I LIKE THIS MEASURE STRONGER LANGUAGE OF ITS MONITORING OR MONITOR.

MEASURE AND MONITOR.

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

SO PICKING UP ON THAT POINT, IF THERE'S NOT OTHER COMMENT, ONE, TWO, FIVE AND SIX FEEL FAIRLY SIMPLE. I SEE THREE AND FOUR AS AS PART AND PARCEL.

MAP AND MONITOR AMOUNT DISTRIBUTION AND CONDITION ASSESS WHETHER ADEQUATELY PROTECTED.

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SO I GUESS CURRENTLY WE HAD AN INITIAL WETLAND ASSESSMENT THAT FORMED THE BASIS FOR THE PROVISIONAL WETLAND MAP THAT APPEARS ON OUR GIS AND IS WHAT PLANNING STAFF USE WHEN THEY REVIEW AN APPLICATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S LIKELY THAT WETLANDS COULD BE IMPACTED.

AND I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY COMPREHENSIVE EFFORT TO UPDATE THAT.

I'M AWARE THAT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, WHEN AN APPLICATION COMES IN AND PLANNING STAFF SAYS, OH, THERE MIGHT BE, SO GET A CONSULTANT AND GO AND LOOK AT IT.

AND THAT LEADS TO REVISIONS OF THE PROVISIONAL MAP BECAUSE NOW IT'S BEEN DELINEATED, BUT I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT THAT'S BEEN DONE SINCE THE VERY FIRST ONE.

SO I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, DOES THE TEAM FEEL LIKE A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT IS NEEDED AT THIS POINT AND WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD ASK THE BOARD TO? BUDGET FOR THE TOWNSHIP'S WETLAND CONSULTANT OR SOME OTHER CONTRACTOR TO DO A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW.

IS THAT KIND OF WHAT WHERE THOSE TWO ITEMS ARE GOING? I THINK YEAH. I THINK WHAT WE WERE I THINK IT WAS JUST LIKE, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO WORK WITH IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE? I GUESS AN ACTION ITEM THEN MIGHT BE TO CONTACT OUR WETLAND CONSULTANT AND SEE IF THEY FEEL THAT A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT IS WARRANTED AT THIS TIME AND WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT IT MIGHT COST.

AND IF WE WANT TO RECOMMEND THAT TO THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AS A BUDGET ITEM, IT WOULD GO FORWARD.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE AS A KIND OF AN ACTION ITEM? AND AS I RECALL, THE STATE IS UPDATING WHERE THE WETLAND MAPS AND THERE'S A PRETTY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT GOING ON RIGHT NOW STATEWIDE AND WE WANT TO INTEGRATE THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT I MEAN, CERTAINLY A MORE LOCALIZED STUDY WOULD BE MAKE SENSE.

BUT I JUST WANT TO REMIND US ABOUT THOSE UPDATED MAPS THAT ARE COMING AND SAY A FEW MORE WORDS ABOUT WHAT MAPS? WHO'S DOING THAT? THE STATE EAGLE IS IT OR DNR? EAGLE AND WHAT? SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.

I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW IT'S BEING DONE OR WHEN IT WILL BE RELEASED, BUT IT'S MAPS LIKE USING FOR INSURANCE.

THE STATE LAND MAPS, THE WETLANDS FLOODS, THE EAGLE WETLAND USER, THEY UPDATE IT EVERY TEN YEARS.

SO I JUST HAD A I HAD ANOTHER QUESTION.

WELL, IF WE CAN STICK ON THIS ONE, THEN WE'LL COME.

YEAH, NO, NO, IT IS, IT IS ON THIS, I GUESS I'M WONDERING, I'M REALLY INTRIGUED BY NOT JUST THE AMOUNT, BUT ALSO THE CONDITION OF THE WETLANDS.

DO YOU KNOW IF THESE EXISTING MAPS LOOK AT THE CONDITION? I THINK THEY SAY WHERE THEY ARE, WHERE WERE WETLANDS? YEAH. I MEAN, I THINK THAT'S THAT'S A REALLY INTERESTING QUESTION THAT I MEAN, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SOME HERE, TOO, AS LIKE HAVE THE WETLANDS BEEN IMPROVED WITH SOME OF OUR EFFORT? SO I THINK IT'S NOT JUST LIKE AMOUNT BUT ALSO CONDITION.

AND I'D BE INTERESTED TO KNOW IF THERE WAS A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT THAT COULD IF THAT WOULD BE VALUABLE AND IF THERE WAS A GOOD WAY REALLY TO MEASURE WETLAND CONDITION.

OKAY. I'M HEARING A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

ONE IS ABOUT WETLANDS, ONES ABOUT FLOOD RISK.

MAYBE I DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT, BUT I'M AWARE OF A HYDROGRAPHY PROJECT THAT'S MAPPING HOW WATER DRAINS, BUT THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN WETLANDS THAT HOLD WATER.

SO I WONDER IF IF WE'RE THINKING OF RELATED THINGS THAT ARE SIMILAR BUT NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME.

I'M THINKING SO, BUT I AM AWARE OF THAT.

I MEAN, I'VE BEEN ON THE EQUAL WETLAND VIEWER MULTIPLE TIMES.

SO I MEAN, I HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

I'M NOT SURE. I THINK THE FLOOD MAPS ARE NATIONAL, BUT THERE IS A STATE INVOLVEMENT.

I KNOW I KNOW THAT WHEN I WORKED AT DNR, THERE WAS A GROUP AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN DEQ I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS DNR OR DEQ WORKING ON UPDATING THE MAPS, WHICH DOESN'T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN.

SO MAYBE IT'S A DIFFERENT EFFORT.

YEAH, THAT IS EVERY TEN YEARS.

YEAH. I DON'T THINK THE FLOOD MAPS ARE THE WETLAND MAPS BECAUSE THAT COULD JUST BE BACKYARDS THAT ARE LIKELY TO FLOOD.

AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY GOOD QUESTION FOR OUR CONSULTANT.

IS THERE WHAT STATEWIDE EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY THAT RELATE TO MAPPING OF WETLANDS IN SIZE, LOCATION, QUALITY AND HOW MIGHT THAT RELATE TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE TOWNSHIP? AND IS THAT SAME DIFFERENT THAN FLOOD MAPS OR HYDROGRAPHY ALIGNMENTS OR OTHER THINGS SO THAT WE KNOW WHAT'S ALREADY GOING

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ON? THAT MAKES SENSE.

YES. SO AND THEN THE NEXT OBJECTIVE LIKE INCREASED WETLAND ACREAGE.

NOW THE IN THE TOWNSHIP BOARD HAS A NO NET LOSS.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, SINCE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL THOSE NUMBERS ARE LIKE, HAVE WE MET HIS HAS THE TOWNSHIP MET THOSE GOALS OR NOT? YOU KNOW, THAT'S QUESTIONABLE.

WE DON'T KNOW. KIND OF GOES BACK TO THE LAST ONE.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE HAVE. SO AND THEN AGAIN, JUST PART OF THAT IS DISCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT WITHIN WETLAND FLOODPLAINS, WATER RETENTION OR ENCOURAGE INFILL DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WE'VE TALKED ABOUT MULTIPLE TIME HERE, CONTINUE TO PURCHASE LAND PRESERVES, IDENTIFY POTENTIAL AREAS THAT COULD BE RESTORED TO WETLANDS ON TOWNSHIP PROPERTY, OR INITIATE THE RESTORATION EFFORTS.

WITH RESPECT TO NUMBER FOUR, WHO WOULD DO THAT AND HOW COULD IT BE DONE? I MEAN, WITH, YOU KNOW, WHO'S KIND OF LIKE IF WE THINK IN TERMS OF A STRATEGY, RIGHT? WHO'S KIND OF GOT THE ASSIGNMENT, I GUESS? WELL, I WOULD SAY THAT WE ARE CERTAINLY DOING THAT THROUGH THE MARINE CONSERVATION CORPS.

THERE'S SOME WORK THAT WE'RE KIND OF LOOKING AT DOING, SO, SO AND IT'S KIND OF PART OF OUR WETLAND EDUCATION TEAM.

WE'RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT AREAS WHERE WE CAN DO BUFFER, WHICH IS PART OF THE NEXT GOAL, BUT LIKE EXTEND BUFFERS, HELP WETLANDS, OPERATE MORE FUNCTIONALLY, REMOVE INVASIVE SPECIES, ALL OF THAT KIND OF STUFF.

SUPER. I MEAN, WE HAVE LOTS OF GOALS, BUT.

NO, NO, THEY'RE WELL ORGANIZED.

WE'RE WE'RE WE'RE MAKING OUR WAY THROUGH THEM.

RIGHT. YOU KNOW, IT'LL TAKE IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME, BUT FOR SURE.

BUT, YOU KNOW, ONE BUT YES, GOOD QUESTION.

I GUESS BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE OFF OF THIS ONE, INCREASE WETLAND ACREAGE, I, I ALMOST EXPECT TO SEE ON THEIR STRENGTHENING OF THE ORDINANCE AND IT FEELS LIKE THE TEAM HAS MAYBE HEDGED THEIR BET ON THAT ONE.

RIGHT? SO WE HAVE A NO NET LOSS POLICY AND TYPICALLY APPLICANTS GO WELL ABOVE 1 TO 1 IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T RUN INTO FRICTION. AND THE ASSUMPTION IS THAT IF ALL THE IMPACTS HAVE BEEN MITIGATED AT MORE THAN 1 TO 1, THEN ONE COULD ASSUME THAT THE ACREAGE IS GROWING, AS WE WERE SAYING EARLIER.

BUT WE DON'T KNOW. WE DON'T.

IS THE GROUP CONSIDERING A STRENGTHENING THE ORDINANCE THAT GOES BEYOND NO NET LOSS TO SOMETHING MORE AMBITIOUS? OH, I CAN TELL YOU, WE HAVEN'T REALLY EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT THAT KIND OF THING, YOU KNOW, OTHER THAN WE WROTE IT.

I MEAN, THAT WAS LOVELY.

BUT, YOU KNOW, HEY, WE PUT THIS IN THERE BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T ASK, MOST CERTAINLY YOU'RE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE.

WOULDN'T THAT BE INCLUDED IN PURCHASE MORE? I MEAN, BECAUSE OTHERWISE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TAKINGS FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY.

OH, I THINK THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

I'M NOT SURE THAT I CAN IMAGINE MANY, MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO INCREASE WETLAND ACREAGE.

SOME MIGHT BE PURCHASE OF LAND THAT HAS WEAPONS THAT COULD BE PROTECTED OR RESTORED. OTHERS COULD BE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES THAT ENCOURAGE APPLICANTS TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF WETLANDS ON THEIR PROPERTY FOR IN EXCHANGE FOR OTHER BENEFITS.

SO AND SOME OF THE PRESERVES THAT WE COULD CONSIDER, LIKE HELPING THEM INCREASE THE WETLAND ACREAGE ON THEM.

OH, THE.

GO AHEAD. OH, SORRY. I DIDN'T KNOW.

WE'RE STILL TALKING. THE OTHER BIG PIECE THAT'S MISSING FROM THIS SECTION IS THE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AUDIT, AND THAT RELATES TO CODES AND REMOVING THE BARRIERS TO GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE WETLANDS.

SO THERE'S A LOT THAT STILL NEEDS TO GO INTO THIS SECTION.

SURE. I'M GLAD WE'RE BRAINSTORMING AND TAKING A PIECE BY PIECE, BUT SURE, IT MIGHT TAKE A WHILE TO GET THROUGH IT TONIGHT, FOR SURE.

WELL, LET'S GO ON TO THE JUST THE NEXT PART AND THEN INCREASE FUNCTIONALITY BY EXTENDING WELL AND BUFFERS.

AND THIS JUST GOES INTO THE WETLAND BUFFERS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE.

SO EDUCATING ON THE WETLAND BUFFERS AND YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SOME EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS WHERE WE HAVE OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, WORKING ON THE BUILD BACK, THE BUFFER EDUCATION INITIATIVE ALONG WITH ANY OTHER FUTURE WETLAND RESTORATION, EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS AND PROJECTS CONTINUE TO BUILD THE MARINE CONSERVATION CORPS IN VERNAL POOL PATROL. POOL PATROL.

ARE YOU NOT AWARE OF THAT? WELL, IT'S JUST SUCH SO ALLITERATIVE.

I LIKE IT VERY MUCH.

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IT JUST CONJURES IMAGES OF FLASHLIGHTS AND SALAMANDERS.

IT'S EXCITING WORK, THOUGH.

YOU SHOULD COME JOIN US SOMETIME.

UTILIZE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP'S NATIVE PLANT GUIDE AND SAMPLE PLANT PLAN GUIDE.

SO BASICALLY THIS HASN'T BEEN RELEASED YET, BUT EMMA HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON A NATIVE PLANT GUIDE THAT WILL BE ON THE TOWNSHIP WEBSITE AT SOME POINT IN TIME AND HAS SAMPLE PLANS TO HELP PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS EASILY AND ON THEIR PROPERTIES IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO SO, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE PUTTING THINGS ON THEIR PROPERTIES ANYWAYS, YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO THINGS THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL AND BENEFICIAL.

AND IF YOU REMEMBER, I MEAN, WE HAD A NICE RAINSTORM AS WE'RE DRIVING IN HERE TODAY, BUT IF YOU REMEMBER LAST YEAR, THE AMOUNT OF FLOODING WE HAD, RIGHT? SO WE GOT EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN IN ONE WEEK.

WE GOT AN INCH AND A HALF AND A HALF AN HOUR.

I REMEMBER WE WERE FLOODED ALMOST EVERY MONTH, JULY THROUGH, WHAT, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

YOU KNOW IN A LOT OF PEOPLE'S YARDS.

I MEAN, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FLOODED.

PEOPLE'S YARDS WERE FLOODED, PEOPLE'S HOMES WERE FLOODED.

SO WHAT WE WANTED TO DO IS IF WE CAN HELP ASSIST BY TEACHING FOLKS THAT NEED PLANTS WITH THEIR DEEP ROOTED SYSTEMS WILL HELP ABSORB SOME OF THAT STORMWATER.

THAT WOULD BE REALLY FANTASTIC.

SO SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE KIND OF THINKING ABOUT IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT.

AND THAT'S KIND OF WHY WE DEVELOP THAT.

AND THEN IT'S A WIN FOR THE HARRIS NATURE CENTER BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE GETTING MORE FUNDS WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THEN HOPEFULLY IT WIN FOR THE RESIDENT IN OUR LAND OWNER. SO LET ME SEE HERE, CREATE AN EXTEND DEMONSTRATION AREAS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

WE ALREADY HAVE A COUPLE STARTED.

WE HAVE ONE AT CENTRAL PARK, THERE'S ONE BY THE MARKETPLACE AND THEN WE'LL BE HAVING MORE SAMPLE AREAS.

I DEVELOPED ONE, I HAVE ONE OF MY PROPERTY AND WE'LL SEE HOW THAT GOES.

AND WE HAVE PEOPLE'S PROPERTIES THAT WE'LL BE SHOWING THAT ARE FURTHER ALONG IN THE PROCESS.

AND CERTAINLY I AM.

BUT PEOPLE ON OUR TEAM, SUCH AS BETTY SIEGEL AND WHAT IS JIM'S LAST NAME, JIM, SOME PEACE.

SORRY, I'M BLANKING ON HIS NAME.

RIGHT, THE LAST NAME. BUT WE CAN, WE'RE GOING TO BE JUST SHOWING SOME DEMONSTRATIONS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND THEN ALSO ON PEOPLE'S PRIVATE PROPERTIES.

SO LET'S SEE HERE.

YOU SAID THE HARRIS NATURE CENTER, EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAVING INVASIVE SPECIES, USING SIGNAGE TO IDENTIFY BUFFER AREAS AND TO DETERMINE IF CURRENT WETLAND BUFFERS ARE ADEQUATE FOR ALL WETLAND TYPES AMOUNT [INAUDIBLE] IS NECESSARY.

SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THE STRATEGIES THAT WE SO FAR, AND MIND YOU, [INAUDIBLE] AND I WROTE THIS UP FAIRLY QUICKLY, IF YOU MIGHT GUESS.

IT MIGHT NOT SEEM THAT WAY, BUT WE DID.

AND SO THERE'S A LOT MORE TO CERTAINLY ADD TO MAYBE NOT ONLY THE WETLANDS, BUT EVEN TO THIS SECTION.

NOW, I'M JUST WE'RE ONLY FOCUSING ON WETLANDS TONIGHT.

THERE'S WAY MORE STUFF THAT NEEDS TO GO INTO THE WATER END OF THINGS.

BUT THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE.

AND I JUST WANTED TO GET SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR SOME FEEDBACK AND HAD HOPED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH FOLKS PRIOR TO NOW.

BUT GIVEN THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON IN A LOT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES ON THE WETLAND EDUCATION TEAM, THAT HAS NOT ALLOWED US TO BE ABLE TO DO IT IN THE WAY WE HAD HOPED.

THANK YOU. ANY FURTHER FEEDBACK DISCUSSION ON THE WETLAND SECTION? THIS IS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THIS.

IT'S RELATED TO IT, BUT NOT DIRECTLY ON THE PLAN.

THE OTHER DAY, KYLA CLOVIS, WHO'S THE DRAIN COMMISSION DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KNOCKED ON MY DOOR.

SHE WAS CAMPAIGNING AND SHE AND I WERE CHATTING AND STUFF AND SHE MENTIONED THE ALCHEMIST CONSOLIDATED DRAIN AND THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO US ABOUT IT.

AND I SAID, WELL, WE'RE HAVING OUR COMMISSION MEETING COMING UP AND I'LL RAISE THE ISSUE AND SEE IF THERE'S AN INTEREST THAT EITHER SHE OR PAT LINDEMANN COULD MAYBE TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT THAT PROJECT'S INVOLVED WITH.

AND SO IF THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA, VOLUNTEER TO CONTACT HER AND WORK WITH LEROY TO PUT HER ON THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING, BUT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE THAT PROJECT BY ANY CHANCE.

I KNOW A LITTLE BIT, BUT IF YOU'D LIKE TO GIVE A QUICK SYNOPSIS, I CAN TRY TO FILL IN.

OH, I DON'T KNOW A THING ABOUT IT.

I JUST KNOW THAT KARLA WANTED TO TALK TO US ABOUT IT.

IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, THE OKEMOS CONSOLIDATED DRAIN REFERS TO THE DRAIN THAT'S CURRENTLY BEING UPGRADED AT THE INTERSECTION OF OKEMOS ROAD AND GRAND RIVER.

OK. AND I COULD EASILY BE WRONG ON THAT POINT, BUT MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT THERE IS A DRAIN THAT TAKES MOST OF THE WATER FROM THE MALL AND THE PROPERTIES TO THE WEST.

AND THAT UPGRADING THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS PART OF RAISING THE ROAD IS MEANT TO ALLEVIATE TO IMPROVE

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STORMWATER MANAGEMENT IN THAT PART OF THE TOWNSHIP.

AND THAT WOULD CERTAINLY, I THINK, BE OF A LOT OF INTEREST TO THE COMMUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT.

IT HASN'T IT'S BEEN A VERY DIFFERENT CAN OF WORMS THAN OTHER DRAIN PROJECTS THAT SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS? BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE COMPENSATING CUT THAT WAS DONE BEHIND THE FIRE STATION WAS PART OF THE CONSOLIDATED DRAIN THAT WAS RAISING THE ROAD IN THAT AREA BECAUSE THEY'RE BASICALLY FILLING IN A WETLAND.

SO YOU'VE GOT TO DIG A HOLE SOMEPLACE ELSE IN THE FLOODPLAIN IN ORDER TO HOLD THE WATER THAT YOU OTHERWISE JUST PLACED.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE INSTALLATION THEY'RE DOING AT THAT INTERSECTION, BUT THE WORKERS ARE ABLE TO WALK THROUGH THE DRAINS THEY'RE PUTTING IN.

OH, THEY'RE THAT BIG.

YEAH. THESE ARE HUGE PIPES THAT ARE THAT ARE GOING OUT.

SO HOPEFULLY THAT THAT WILL ALLEVIATE SOME OF THOSE PROBLEMS. I COULD ADD THAT THERE'S MULTIPLE DRAINS THAT ARE NOT THAT WE'RE ALL CONSTRUCTING THE DIFFERENT TIMES.

SO WHAT THEY'RE TAKING ALL OF THOSE MULTIPLE DRAINS IN AND DEVELOPING ONE DRAIN THAT CAN MANAGE ALL OF THAT STORMWATER.

SO RIGHT NOW IT'S JUST NOT AS EFFICIENT AS IT COULD BE AND CAUSING A LOT OF THOSE CONCERNS.

HENCE THE TITLE OKEMOS CONSOLIDATED.

THERE YOU GO. OKAY.

WELL, IT SOUNDS LIKE I WILL GO AHEAD AND INVITE HER.

YEAH, I WOULD CERTAINLY SUPPORT THAT IF THERE'S NO OBJECTION.

SO KIND OF A HIGH LEVEL REACTION TO THE I THINK THESE ARE ALL GREAT ITEMS. I THINK THEY ALL BELONG IN HERE.

AND I THINK THEY'RE ALL THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE STRIVING FOR.

SO FAR, THEY'RE FAIRLY GENERAL AND NOT REAL SPECIFIC.

AND I MY SENSE IS THAT THE LAST TIME AROUND, THE ONLY SPOT WHERE WE GOT SPECIFIC AT ALL WAS IN ENERGY.

AND I BELIEVE WE ACTUALLY SET A TARGET IN OUR PRIOR PLAN.

AND I WAS JUST SCANNING THROUGH AND I DON'T SEE A TARGET AT THE MOMENT.

BUT JOHN, CAN YOU REMIND US WHAT TARGET WE SET IN THAT PLAN AND WHERE THE TOWNSHIP IS? AND I BELIEVE THAT WAS IN MUNICIPAL RENEWABLES.

YEAH, WE ACTUALLY SAID WE'RE RELATED TO RENEWABLES.

WE SET TWO TARGETS.

THE MOST MEANINGFUL ONE WAS FOR TOWNSHIP FACILITIES, WHICH WAS TO GET FOUR.

ELECTRICITY, 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2035.

AND THEN WE ALSO CAME UP WITH A COMMUNITY GOAL THAT WAS A LITTLE HARDER TO GET OUR, YOU KNOW, KIND OF GET OUR HANDLE ON IT.

SO WE DID HAVE BOTH A COMMUNITY GOAL AND A TOWNSHIP FACILITY GOAL.

AND ACTUALLY, THE RENEWABLE 100% GOAL.

IT DOES INCLUDE AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PIECE BECAUSE WE DECIDED THAT IT ONLY MADE SENSE TO DO ENERGY EFFICIENCY FIRST BEFORE YOU INVESTED IN A LOT OF SOLAR.

SO IT'S ACTUALLY THAT 100% GOAL BY 2035 INCLUDES EFFICIENCY AND SOLAR.

AND ACTUALLY IN THE SOLAR SIDE WITH OVER 200 KILOWATTS, WE'RE MAKING VERY GOOD PROGRESS TOWARDS 100%.

I THINK WE'RE ON ON SCHEDULE.

SO THAT THAT WAS A GOAL THAT WHEN THE ENERGY TEAM CAME UP WITH IT IN A LOT OF COMMUNITIES HAD HAD SIMILAR GOALS.

IT MAYBE WAS A WISHFUL THINKING ON OUR PART, BUT THE TOWNSHIP BOARD JUMPED RIGHT ON IT.

AND OBVIOUSLY WE'RE, LIKE I SAID, MAKING GOOD PROGRESS BECAUSE OF THE SUPPORT OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AND THE STAFF, OF COURSE.

YEAH, GREAT.

IT REMINDS ME WHEN YOU'RE SAYING THAT, THAT WHEN THE TOWNSHIP ASKED THE RESIDENTS TO INVEST IN A ROAD MILLAGE, IT SET VERY SPECIFIC TARGETS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE ROADS AND WHERE THEY WOULD BE RAISED TO WITHIN A CERTAIN TIME.

AND EVERY PRESENTATION I HAVE SEEN SHOWS THAT THE TOWNSHIP IS VERY MUCH ON TRACK TO MEET THOSE GOALS OF IMPROVING THE SO CALLED PASER RATINGS TO AN AVERAGE OF EIGHT OR WHATEVER THE NUMBER IS, BUT THAT THE WAY THAT THEY'VE DESIGNED THE VILLAGE, EVEN WITH ALL THESE SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS AND OTHER FUEL PRICES AND OTHER THINGS, IS STILL ON TRACK TO MEET THOSE OBJECTIVES.

SO I GUESS THAT'S THAT'S LEADING ME TO SAY LET'S LET'S BE AMBITIOUS AS WE DERIVE THESE STRATEGIES AND OBJECTIVES AND DON'T LET'S NOT BE TIMID ABOUT PUTTING REAL TARGETS IN.

AND IF THEY SEEM PIE IN THE SKY, WELL, THEN IF THAT'S TOO STRONG FOR THE BOARD TO GET BEHIND, THEN THEY CAN MAYBE GET BEHIND SOMETHING MORE MODEST.

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BUT LET'S GO AHEAD AND BE BOLD AND SUGGEST SOME TARGETS THAT WE'RE HOPING TO ACHIEVE, THAT WHEN IT RISES TO THE BOARD LEVEL, THEY'LL FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST TO GET THERE.

AND IN THE CASE OF ENERGY, IT WAS, I THINK, KIND OF EASY BECAUSE THOSE INVESTMENTS KIND OF PAID OFF.

THEY PAID THEMSELVES BACK.

YES. YEAH. BUT WE HAVE OTHER WAYS OF GETTING PAID BACK IN TERMS OF REDUCE FLOOD DAMAGE, IN TERMS OF INCREASED BIODIVERSITY AND ALL THE OTHER BENEFITS THAT THE WETLANDS PROVIDE. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE TEAM TO BE AMBITIOUS IN SETTING A COUPLE OF CONCRETE TARGETS THAT WE CAN DISCUSS AND SEE IF WE CAN GET ENERGY BEHIND. FANTASTIC.

GREAT. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION OF THE WATER MANAGEMENT SECTION ADDITIONS, NEW CHANGES THAT IT'S TO THE CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN? I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, SO THIS IS JUST THE WETLAND PART OF IT.

OBVIOUSLY WE'LL MAKE CHANGES AND BECOME VERY AMBITIOUS, BUT NONE OF THE OTHER STRATEGIES OR OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN EVEN LOOKED AT.

I HAVEN'T LIKE I FEEL LIKE THAT'S NOT NECESSARY.

WE NEED TO ASK PROBABLY A DEPUTY DIRECTOR ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE LOOKING IN THE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT END OF THINGS OR OTHER FOLKS.

BUT ALSO WE WANT TO LOOK AT THINGS LIKE LAKE LANCING AND ADDING A SECTION IN THERE.

I THINK IT MAKES SENSE TO ADD LAKE LANSING IN OTHER RETENTION DETENTION PONDS IN THE TOWNSHIP AND SOME BEST PRACTICES IN RELATIONSHIP TO THEM.

SO THAT WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

WORKING WITH SOMEONE FROM LAKE LANSING ADVISOR, I WILL BE WORKING WITH LAKE LANSING ADVISORY A LITTLE BIT ON THAT, AND I'M HOPING SOME OTHER COMMISSIONERS MIGHT BE WANTING TO HELP THEM.

I'M MAKING NOTES, KENDRA.

OH FANTASTIC. WELL, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE BIG DISADVANTAGES TO FLYING OUT TO BOSTON TO HANG OUT WITH FAMILY IS THAT YOU MISS AN ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEETING. AND YOU GET YOU GET VOLUNTEERED TO WORK ON THINGS.

AND I VERY MUCH LIKE TO HOPE THAT COMMISSIONER JACKSON WOULD BE WILLING TO JOIN IN THAT IN THAT EFFORT AS A LONG TIME RESIDENT OF THE LAKE AND FAMILIAR WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

YES, I THINK WE CAN SEVERAL OF US CAN TEAM TOGETHER AND HE'LL BE.

SO FANTASTIC ESPECIALLY SINCE THAT WE HAD THAT BLUE GREEN ALGAE OUTBREAK LAST YEAR.

AND LET'S FIGURE OUT HOW NOT TO DO THAT AGAIN.

OKAY. THANKS. I RUN. THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

I'M EXCITED BY ALL THE PROGRESS BEING MADE ON THIS FRONT.

ANY OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN THAT FOLKS WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS THIS EVENING? I MEAN, MAYBE IF I COULD JUST GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION, PLEASE SECTION AND LEROY CAN CHIME IN HERE AS IS I MAY MISS THINGS.

BUT THE GREEN TEAM DID MEET A COUPLE OF TIMES OVER THE SUMMER.

JUNE MEETING AND JULY MEETING.

THE JUNE MEETING WAS PRIMARILY FOCUSED TOWARDS THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND WE KIND OF WENT THROUGH FIRST AND JUST DID A VISION OF WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PLAN.

THEN WE WENT THROUGH THE SPECIFICS OF THE EXISTING PLAN TO SEE WHAT MIGHT BE OUTDATED, WHAT NEEDED TO BE CHANGED.

AND SO IT'S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.

BUT LEROY HAS INCORPORATED SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT THE GREEN TEAM FELT WERE IMPORTANT TO EITHER INCLUDE OR EXCLUDE.

SO MAYBE I CAN JUST RUN THROUGH A COUPLE OF THOSE HIGHLIGHTS REAL QUICK.

MOST OF THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION IS CURRENTLY PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS THE EXISTING DOCUMENT.

THE THE EXISTING DOCUMENT DID HAVE A GRAPHIC IN THERE THAT TALKED ABOUT RECYCLING PARTICIPATION.

AND I KNOW LEROY HAS REACHED OUT TO BOTH GRANGER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT TO SEE IF WE COULD GET MORE UPDATED INFORMATION TO INCLUDE A SIMILAR GRAPHIC.

THE ONE THAT'S CURRENTLY IN THERE.

THE MOST RECENT YEAR IS 2016.

SO HOPEFULLY THAT HAS CHANGED QUITE A BIT SINCE THEN.

THEN WE DID GO THROUGH THE VARIOUS OBJECTIVES.

MANY OF THE OBJECTIVES ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME, MAYBE A TWEAK OF A FEW WORDS HERE AND THERE, BUT UNDER OBJECTIVE

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NUMBER ONE, INCREASE RECYCLING IN OWNER OCCUPIED DWELLING UNITS.

A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT KIND OF STOOD OUT THERE IS THAT WE WANTED TO SEE MORE COLLABORATION WITH THE PARTNERS HERE IN THE TOWNSHIP, GRANGER AND TERRA WASTE MANAGEMENT, TO ENHANCE RECYCLING EFFORTS.

AND THE OTHER ISSUE THAT WAS REALLY EXPRESSED DURING OUR MEETINGS IS THAT WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF COMMUNICATING OR MARKETING WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR RECYCLING EFFORTS, AS WELL AS SOME OF OUR SPECIAL EVENTS TO TRY TO GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN PARTICIPATING IN THOSE SPECIAL EVENTS.

ONE THING I WILL HIGHLIGHT THAT WE'VE CURRENTLY REMOVED FROM THIS SECTION AND THIS ACTUALLY CAME UP BILL BY YOU IN OUR FOOD AND COMPOST MEETING THIS PAST MONDAY, IS WE DID PREVIOUSLY HAVE IN THE FIVE YEAR PLAN THE IDEA OF LOOKING AT A SINGLE HAULER FOR THE TOWNSHIP AND WE HAVE AT LEAST TEMPORARILY REMOVE THAT WITH KIND OF THE RATIONALE THAT THAT'S BEEN IN THERE FOR QUITE A WHILE.

IT WOULD BE A TOWNSHIP BOARD DECISION IF THEY DECIDED TO DO THAT.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF CONSIDERATIONS IN MOVING INTO THAT DIRECTION AND PROBABLY WELL, I CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE BOARD, OBVIOUSLY, BUT THAT MIGHT BE A HARD DECISION TO MAKE, BUT THAT IS MAYBE ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BANTER ABOUT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

BUT CURRENTLY WE DID TAKE THAT OUT.

THEN ON OBJECTIVE NUMBER TWO EXPAND RECYCLING.

CAN WE STOP ON THAT ONE? YEAH, SURE.

THE MEETING THAT TOM WAS REFERRING TO INCLUDED A REPRESENTATIVE FROM EAGLE WHO WHOSE JOB DESCRIPTION, I GUESS, IS AROUND INCREASING RECYCLING IN THE STATE.

AND HE MADE A VERY INTERESTING COMMENT THAT I HADN'T REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT MUCH BEFORE TO DO WITH THE NUMBER OF TRUCKS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE CIRCULATING IN ON LOCAL ROADS WHEN YOU HAVE MULTIPLE HAULERS.

AND WHEN HE SAID THAT, IT IMMEDIATELY RESONATED BECAUSE I SEE THREE DIFFERENT WASTE HAULERS MOVING THROUGH MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND HIS POINT WAS THAT THOSE ARE VERY HEAVY VEHICLES AND THEY VERY DISPROPORTIONATELY WEAR OUT ROADS.

AND WHILE WE'VE ASKED OUR RESIDENTS TO PONY UP TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE ROADS, IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD BE DOING THAT WOULD REDUCE THE WEAR AND TEAR ON THOSE ROADS, IT SEEMS WORTH DOING.

MY VAGUE RECOLLECTION IS THAT PRIOR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT MOVING TO A SINGLE HAULER RAN AGROUND.

SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE BEST WAY IS TO TO TO SOUND OUT THE BOARD OF WHETHER THERE'S ANY INTEREST IN RETAINING THAT OBJECTIVE OR IF THERE IS NO INTEREST, WHY HAVE IT IN THERE IF IT'S SOMETHING WHERE THE DOOR HAS BEEN CLOSED.

YEAH. AND, AND I THINK THAT'S WHY WE DECIDED TO INITIALLY TAKE IT OUT, ASSUMING THERE MAY NOT BE AN INTEREST IN MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION.

BUT AGAIN, THAT, AS YOU INDICATED, THAT'S REALLY WE NEED SOME INSIGHT FROM THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AS TO WHETHER THAT'S SOMETHING THEY WOULD WANT TO LOOK AT AGAIN POTENTIALLY OR NOT.

I KNOW THERE'S SOME CONCERNS THAT RESIDENTS LIKE TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN HAULER.

THERE'S SOME PROBABLY SOME POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS AS WELL.

AS FAR AS THE TOWNSHIP'S WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH GRANGER AND FOR THE MOST PART AND AS WELL AS WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE TOWNSHIP.

BUT YEAH, MAYBE THAT'S A PLACEHOLDER TO HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON THAT PARTICULAR ITEM.

JUST REAL BRIEFLY, AGAIN, OBJECTIVE NUMBER TWO, EXPAND RECYCLING AND MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING AND OTHER COMMERCIAL SETTINGS.

THERE WAS PREVIOUSLY WHAT WAS DROPPED FROM THIS SECTION.

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I THINK THERE WAS SOME PERCENTAGES IN HERE TO INCREASE THIS BY CERTAIN PERCENTAGES BY SPECIFIC YEARS.

THE CONCERN THAT WE HAVE IS THAT BECAUSE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP DOESN'T PROVIDE THEIR OWN MUNICIPAL WASTE SERVICE AND RECYCLING SERVICE, IT'S HARD TO GET THOSE NUMBERS AS FAR AS WHERE WE'RE ACTUALLY AT AND WE'RE KIND OF AT THE MERCY OF THE PRIVATE HAULERS TO PROVIDE THAT.

AGAIN, I KNOW LEROY IS IS TRYING TO CHECK WITH THEM TO SEE IF WE CAN GET SOME FIGURES ON THAT.

BUT IT'S PRETTY HARD TO PUT IN EXACT PERCENTAGES IF WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND WHERE WE WANT TO GO. SO THAT WAS KIND OF THE RATIONALE FOR REMOVING THOSE, AT LEAST AT THIS TIME.

DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT ON THAT? SURE. WELL, I GUESS I HAD TWO COMMENTS ON THAT AND THAT MAYBE ONE OF OUR STRATEGIES SHOULD BE TO TO GET A BASELINE IF WE DON'T HAVE A BASELINE. AND I WOULD THINK THAT THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME OTHER NUMBER.

I MEAN, I PERSONALLY LIKE HAVING GOALS, EVEN IF I MEAN, RECOGNIZING THERE MAY BE SOME CHALLENGES REACHING THOSE GOALS OR GETTING THOSE GOALS.

I WOULD THINK THAT MAYBE EVEN IF WE DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND ARE GOING, THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND ANOTHER MUNICIPALITY OR SOMETHING TO BASE A GOAL ON.

SO THOSE ARE MY TWO THOUGHTS.

AND THEN I HAVE A REQUEST FOR LEROY WHEN HE'S REACHING OUT TO PRIVATE WASTE HAULERS IS THAT IF THEY HAVE A SENSE FOR THE ORGANIC WASTE THAT'S EITHER IN RECYCLING STREAMS OR SOLID WASTE STREAMS, I THINK THAT WOULD BE REALLY INTERESTING AS PART OF THE BROADER FOOD COMPOST WASTE REDUCTION CONVERSATION. GOOD SUGGESTIONS.

YEAH. AND BY THE WAY, ON THAT NOTE, WE DO HAVE A NEW REPRESENTATIVE AT GRANGER, TAYLOR BASS, WHO JUST STARTED THREE WEEKS AGO.

SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN CULTIVATE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP AS WE SEEK TO ACHIEVE SOME OF THESE, GET THE INFORMATION, BUT ALSO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES, WHICH WILL REQUIRE COLLABORATION.

GRANGER IS A KEY COLLABORATOR IN OUR OUR PROPOSAL TO THE STATE FOR THIS NEW RECYCLING DROP OFF FACILITY.

WE'RE HOPING TO HEAR THIS MONTH ON THAT PART OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION, WHICH IS CLOSE TO $100,000 IN EQUIPMENT, IS CONTINGENT UPON MAINTAINING FREE MARKET IN OUR WASTE HAULING.

SO IF WE IF WE GO TO A SINGLE HAULER AND WE TALK MORE ABOUT THIS, THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED SOMETHING THAT MIGHT JEOPARDIZE THAT RELATIONSHIP.

BUT AGAIN, WE CAN TALK MORE ABOUT THIS AS WE GO FURTHER FORWARD.

LEROY, I'M KIND OF CURIOUS.

SO THAT'S PART OF THE DEAL, BASICALLY.

AND WHEN IF THE TOWNSHIP, MAYBE THE TOWNSHIP HAS MADE THAT COMMITMENT OR WILL, WHAT KIND OF PERIOD OF TIME ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? I ASSUME IT'S NOT FOREVER.

DO YOU HAVE A SENSE FOR HOW IT'S PHRASED? I MEAN, WE'D MAKE IT A COMMITMENT.

YOU KNOW, I'D HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL LETTER THAT THEY SENT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, BUT AS I RECALL, I WAS LIKE TEN YEARS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

IT GIVES ME AN IDEA LONG, A PRETTY LONG TIME, YOU KNOW.

SO, ANA, TO YOUR POINT, THE VERY LAST BULLET, NUMBER TEN, CONSIDER AN ANNUAL SOLID WASTE AUDIT AND PATIENT AND EAGLE'S MUNICIPAL MEASURE PROGRAM.

FEELS LIKE IT'S KIND OF AIMED TOWARDS THAT BENCHMARKING.

IF SOMEBODY COULD REMIND ME SOMETHING ABOUT EAGLE'S MUNICIPAL MEASURE PROGRAM, BUT IS THAT A HOLDOVER OR IS THAT A NEW THING? IS THAT A..

IT'S A FAIRLY NEW THING.

AND WE WE DID WELL, IT'S A FAIRLY NEW WITH EAGLE AND IT IS A NEW THING IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN.

AND THERE AGAIN, WE'RE ADDING IT OR PROPOSING TO ADD IT IN HOPES THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THAT DATA. AND IT'S ESSENTIALLY DATA FOR THE TOWNSHIP THAT WOULD BE ENTERED INTO AN ELECTRONIC PROGRAM THROUGH EAGLE.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN OUT OF ONE OF THE MICHIGAN CHALLENGE

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EFFORT WHERE WE SCORED ZERO ON.

BUT IT SEEMED LIKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE EASY TO DO.

WELL, RELATIVELY EASY TO DO IF WE CAN GET THE DATA.

THAT'S THAT'S THE KEY CAVEAT, AND I GUESS, IF YOU WILL.

AND THIS IS DATA FROM PROPRIETARY DATA FROM OUR PRIVATE HAULERS WHO MAY BE RELUCTANT TO..

DO WE KNOW IF THOSE HAULERS OPERATE IN THE TOWNSHIP UNDER LICENSE AT ALL? SO DO OUR SOLID WASTE HAULERS HAVE TO BE LICENSED BY THE TOWNSHIP TO OPERATE HERE? YOU KNOW, NOT TO MY KNOWLEDGE, BUT I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE.

SEEMS LIKE A BIT OF A HEAD SCRATCHER.

WE'VE GOT FOLKS PROVIDING A SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE INTERESTED IN KNOWING HOW IT'S GOING, BUT WE DON'T SEEM TO BE ABLE TO GET CLEAR, RELIABLE INFORMATION ON HOW MUCH THEY'RE HAULING AND WHAT ITS CONTENTS ARE.

I KNOW AT THE MEETING WE WERE DISCUSSING EARLIER, I GAINED AN APPRECIATION OF WHY IT'S SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHERE RECYCLABLES ARE GOING, BECAUSE IT DEPENDS ON SO MANY ISSUES ABOUT HOW THE HAULERS SET UP THEIR ROUTES, THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT THEY'RE OPERATING, THE FACILITY THAT THEY TAKE THE MATERIALS TO FOR SORTING, AND WHICH MATERIALS ARE MORE EASILY SORTED BY HUMANS AND CAN BE DONE NOW BY ROBOTICS AND THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOR THOSE MATERIALS.

I THINK HE SAID THAT THERE'S A NUMBER FIVE PLASTIC THAT'S WORTH TEN TIMES ALL THE OTHER PLASTICS.

AND IF YOU GOT THE RIGHT MATERIALS TO PULL THAT OUT, YOU'VE, YOU KNOW, YOU GET A LOT MORE OUT OF YOUR WASTE STREAM THAN OTHERS, BUT THAT CHANGES BASED ON QUANTITIES AND SHIPPING AND SHIPS STUCK IN SUEZ CANALS.

YEAH PLEASE, [INAUDIBLE] EXPLORE LICENSING OF HAULERS.

YEAH. I MEAN MY POINT OF REFERENCE IN ASKING THE QUESTION IS I KNOW THAT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY REQUIRES VENDORS OPERATING ON CAMPUS TO HAVE A LICENSE.

YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO GO AND JUST START SELLING COCA-COLA PRODUCTS OR ANY KIND OF KIND OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE ON CAMPUS WITHOUT A LICENSE.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THE CASE IN THE TOWNSHIP.

WELL, I THINK, AGAIN, WHAT I'M WONDERING IF THEY'RE NOT LICENSED BY THE STATE OR THE COUNTY, YOU KNOW, AND IF THEY ARE LICENSED BY THE STATE, USUALLY WITH SOME SORT OF LICENSING, THERE'S SOME SORT OF REPORTING REQUIREMENT AND THAT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE AT LEAST CHECKING ON TO SEE IF FOR ALL WE KNOW, GRANGER IS SENDING A REPORT INTO THE STATE, WHICH WHO KNOWS WHAT KIND OF DATA IS IN THERE.

SO ARE WE ALSO ASSUMING THAT THERE IS A BUT THAT LIKE WITH OUR HAULERS, THEY HAVE AT LEAST A CONTRACT WITH OUR MUNICIPALITY? IS THAT HOW I THINK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RESIDENTIAL OR PRIVATE COLLECTION? SO IF GRANGER COMES AND PICKS UP MY BIN, I HAVE A CONTRACT WITH THEM.

OKAY. BUT ARE THEY REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED BY THE TOWNSHIP? I THINK THEIR VEHICLE PROBABLY HAS TO BE LICENSED BY MDOT, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT OTHER LICENSING THEY MIGHT REQUIRE AND WHAT REPORTING MIGHT ATTACH TO IT.

JOHN IS CORRECT IN THAT I KNOW THAT ALL THE WASTE HAULERS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN DO HAVE TO REPORT DATA TO EAGLE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

AS FAR AS WHERE IT'S COMING FROM, THEN THAT'S HOW EAGLE GENERATES THEIR ANNUAL REPORT ABOUT HOW MUCH WASTE IS COMING IN FROM OUT OF STATE, OUT OF COUNTRY, THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

SO YEAH, AND AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH OF THAT MIGHT BE PROPRIETARY AS FAR AS ON AN INDIVIDUAL TOWNSHIP BASIS, BUT MAYBE SOMETHING TO LOOK INTO AND MAYBE IT'S A DISCUSSION WITH EAGLE TOO IN TERMS OF WHAT DATA THEY I MEAN, IT MAY BE EASIER TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM THAN ALL OF THESE PRIVATE HAULERS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT DATA THEY'RE GETTING AND COULD THEY BREAK IT DOWN BY GEOGRAPHY SO THAT WE COULD GET A BETTER SENSE OF OUR TOWNSHIP? BECAUSE YOU'RE RIGHT, THEY DO.

THEY DO REPORT ON IT STATEWIDE.

RIGHT. I BELIEVE IT'S BROKEN DOWN BY COUNTY, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF THEY GO ANY LOWER THAN THAT OR NOT.

BUT YEAH, THAT'S SOMETHING TO TO LOOK INTO TO CHECK WITH THE EAGLE DIRECTLY.

YEAH. I DID RECEIVE A FOLLOW UP FROM THE EAGLE REPRESENTATIVE JEFF, WHO WAS AT THE MEETING.

HE PROVIDED A COPY OF A STUDY FROM THE 1990S ABOUT THE IMPACT ON ROADS OF HEAVY VEHICLES LIKE THAT THAT I WAS GOING TO USE.

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HE MIGHT VERY WELL HAVE SOME OF THAT INFORMATION SO I CAN TAKE THAT ACTION ITEM.

ANYTHING ELSE ON THE SOLID WASTE? WELL, I GUESS JUST REAL QUICK TO GO THROUGH A COUPLE OF THE OTHER ITEMS HERE.

THE SECOND OBJECTIVE, WE'VE TOUCHED UPON THIS A LITTLE BIT, BUT UNDER STRATEGY ONE, THIS IS THE NEW PROPOSED RECYCLING CENTER AT THE MERIDIAN SERVICE CENTER THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH IN CONJUNCTION WITH GRANGER AND EAGLE FOR A GRANT.

AND ACCORDING TO LEROY AND OTHERS, IT LOOKS AS IF WE'VE MADE.

KIND OF THE FIRST CUT ON THAT.

SO IT'S LOOKING POSITIVE, BUT HOPEFULLY THAT WILL COME THROUGH.

CAN I JUST UNDERLINE, I LEARNED THAT I HAD INITIALLY SUPPOSED THAT WAS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE EXISTING TRANSFER FACILITY, AND I LEARNED THAT IT'S MEANT TO BE IN ADDITION TO CORRECT WITH THE SAME CONTRACTOR PROVIDING SOME OF THE MAINTENANCE CLEANING OPERATIONS.

BUT THE BENEFIT BEING THE TOWNSHIP HAS PERMANENT STAFF AT THE SERVICE CENTER WHO CAN MAKE SURE THAT THINGS DON'T GET OUT OF HAND.

RIGHT. AND I THINK THE FOCUS OF THAT IS MORE TRADITIONAL RECYCLABLES, WHEREAS THE OTHER EXISTING SITE WOULD CONTINUE TO DO THE COMPOSTING, THE LEAF DROP OFF, TRASH DROP OFF, AND SOME OF THE LARGER ITEMS LIKE MATTRESSES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

BUT THE NEW ONE WOULD BE MORE RESEMBLED THE MSU DROP OFF FACILITY WITH THOSE ROLL OFF BINS AND SUCH. YEAH. YEAH.

JUST REAL QUICK.

LET'S SEE. ITEM NUMBER TWO IS ALSO NEW.

AND THIS ALSO CAME FROM THE MICHIGAN COMMUNITY CHALLENGE QUESTIONNAIRE.

WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT THE TOWNSHIP COULD LOOK INTO.

AND SO WE WE DID AT LEAST INITIALLY ADD IT TO OUR LIST, I GUESS JUST DROPPING DOWN..

DISINCENTIVES FOR RECYCLING, REMOVE DISINCENTIVES.

PURCHASING POLICIES I THINK HE'S REFERRING TO.

YES. THE REVIEW TOWNSHIP PURCHASING POLICIES EXPAND THE USE OF 96 GALLON CARTS AND REMOVE DISINCENTIVES FOR RECYCLING.

OH, WE'RE BACK UP TO.

YEAH, SORRY. I'M JUMPING AROUND A LITTLE BIT AND I WENT BACKWARDS.

SORRY. JUST INCENTIVES FOR RECYCLING.

HAVE WE IDENTIFIED CERTAIN DISINCENTIVES THAT WE WANT TO EASE? THAT MAY BE HOLDOVER LANGUAGE, BUT I THINK THE IDEA HERE WAS IT HASN'T BEEN TOO LONG THAT GRANGER, FOR ONE, HAS GONE TO THE LARGER CARTS FOR SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING.

PREVIOUSLY WE JUST HAD THE LITTLE SQUARE BINS IN THE TOWNSHIP.

SO THAT DIDN'T REALLY PROMOTE RECYCLING WITH RESIDENTS BECAUSE.

BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE SORTING AND ALL THAT.

RIGHT MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT.

GOTCHA. I'M SORRY I TOOK YOU BACK IN ORDER.

PLEASE. THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

LEROY, AM I CORRECT ON THAT, OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD? PROBABLY. WE CAN PROBABLY REMOVE THAT.

THERE'S A HOLD OVER THE ONE THAT BILL SUGGEST.

IT DOESN'T HURT TO LEAVE IT IN.

SINCE GRANGER OFFERS THE 96 GALLON CARDS TO OTHER SINGLE FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS.

THAT'S OKAY LET'S GET BACK TO C2 AND REVIEW TOWNSHIP PURCHASING POLICIES.

CAN I ASK SOMETHING? SO ARE WE, WHAT ABOUT APARTMENT COMPLEXES? I THINK THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT.

RIGHT? RIGHT. YEAH.

MULTIFAMILY HOUSING.

AND AGAIN, LEROY, CORRECT ME OR ADD TO ANYTHING THAT I SAY HERE, BUT I THINK SOME EFFORTS HAVE BEEN DONE WITH THIS IN THE PAST, BUT IT HASN'T BEEN TERRIBLY SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE IT'S MUCH MORE

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DIFFICULT TO GUARD AGAINST CONTAMINATION IF YOU DON'T HAVE OVERSIGHT.

AND IN MANY TIMES, THERE'S SPACE ISSUES WITH APARTMENT COMPLEX AND SETTING UP AN OPERATION FOR RECYCLING EFFORTS FOR RESIDENTS.

BUT WE DID FEEL IT WAS IMPORTANT TO LEAVE IN AND TO TRY TO REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS IN THIS REGARD.

AS FAR AS THE MULTIFAMILY SITES.

ANY. I'M JUST RACKING MY BRAIN TO RECALL WHETHER RECYCLING IN MULTIFAMILY IS MENTIONED IN OUR POD ORDINANCE.

AND I KNOW WE HAD THE ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS AND SOME OTHER AMENITIES THAT APPLICANTS CAN APPLY CAN PROVIDE IN THEIR APPLICATION IN ORDER TO BE GRANTED WAIVERS FOR DENSITY OR HEIGHT OR OTHER THINGS.

AND I DON'T RECALL WHETHER RECYCLING IS THERE.

SO THAT'S LIKE A MENTAL NOTE TO ME TO CHECK TO SEE WHETHER WE'VE INCORPORATED THAT OR WHETHER WE SHOULD.

SORRY, I INTERRUPTED. THAT'S ALRIGHT.

LET'S SEE. I GUESS THAT'S PROBABLY THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THAT SECTION, TOO.

OBJECTIVE NUMBER THREE.

AGAIN, SOME OF THESE ARE HOLDOVERS FROM THE CURRENT PLAN.

WE HAVE ADDED QUITE A FEW.

AGAIN, WE MENTIONED THE NEW POTENTIAL NEW DROP OFF FACILITY AT THE SERVICE CENTER.

UM, THE IDEA OF INCREASING DIFFERENT ITEMS FOR RECYCLING LIKE LUMBER, FOOD, COOKING OIL, ETC..

WE ALSO GO JUMP DOWN TO NUMBER SIX AND WE INCLUDE OIL AND GREASE COMPOSTING, ORGANIC MATERIAL.

AND HERE WE'RE GETTING A LITTLE BIT INTO THE OTHER REALM OF THE FOOD AND COMPOSTING GROUP, BUT WE FELT THAT SIGNAGE WAS IMPORTANT, THAT IN PARTICULAR THE CURRENT RECYCLING AND TRANSFER STATION, A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T AWARE WHERE IT'S LOCATED, SO MAYBE SOME ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE THERE TO HELP PROMOTE THAT FACILITY. AND THEN THE LAST ONE AGAIN, ARE BOTH NEW ITEMS, DOING AN ANNUAL SOLID WASTE AUDIT FOR THE TOWNSHIP AND THE MUNICIPAL MEASURE PROGRAM.

BOTH OF THESE CAME FROM THE CHALLENGE QUESTIONNAIRE.

THE ONE THING WE TOOK OUT OF THIS SECTION THAT'S CURRENTLY IN THERE IS THAT WE HAD SUPPORT FOR A BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS.

AND THE REASON WE TOOK THAT OUT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN PREEMPTED BY THE STATE TO NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT AS A LOCAL UNIT OF GOVERNMENT.

SO WE DIDN'T SEE THAT AS BEING REALISTIC ANY LONGER.

SO THAT'S WHY IT WAS REMOVED.

SO IN A NUTSHELL, THAT'S THAT'S IT.

WE REALIZE WE STILL DO HAVE SOME WORK TO DO ON IT, BUT THAT'S OUR START SO FAR.

FANTASTIC. THANKS FOR THAT UPDATE.

SURE. FURTHER QUESTIONS ON THE SOLID WASTE.

WILL PLASTICS WORKED THEIR WAY IN THERE SOMEWHERE.

WELL, YEAH, I KNOW YOU'VE MENTIONED THAT.

CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT WE'D LIKE TO INCLUDE ON THAT.

BUT YEAH, IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING, AS THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED, THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE MEETING ON MONDAY ABOUT NUMBER ONE AND TWO PLASTICS AND THEN NUMBER FIVE PLASTICS SHOW UP AS IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT'S VERY VALUABLE.

SO I THINK THAT VARIES OVER TIME.

YEAH. BUT YEAH, THE WE MIGHT I KNOW WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ASPIRATIONAL GOALS FOR TRANSPORTATION AND MAYBE A LOT OF THIS IS ASPIRATIONAL GOALS MAYBE AT ALL.

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BUT YOU COULD ALSO ECHO WHAT EAGLE'S STANCE ABOUT A CIRCULAR ECONOMY.

I MEAN, THAT'S THE ULTIMATE RIGHT TRAIN TO YEAH REUSE EVERYTHING WE DO SOMEHOW.

I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU BAKE THAT IN BUT THAT'S A GOOD NORTHSTAR I GUESS FOR THIS TOPIC.

OKAY. THANKS.

I HAVE A COMMENT AND I'M GUESSING THE ANSWER IS NO.

BUT COME ON.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE TRANSFER STATION KIND OF PREDATES THE WETLAND ORDINANCE, BUT I THINK IT'S KIND OF CONFUSING WHEN WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO DUMP THINGS INTO THE WETLANDS THAT WE HAVE, THAT WHOLE AREA THAT IS KIND OF WITHIN WETLANDS.

RIGHT. RIGHT.

AND SO IF THERE'S ANY OPPORTUNITY TO, LIKE, MOVE THE ENTIRE THING, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

BUT I'M JUST GOING TO PUT IT ON THE RECORD.

BUT LET ME ASK YOU. YEAH.

AGAIN, LEROY CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT I THINK IT WAS REALIZED THAT WE REALLY CAN'T EXPAND AT THE EXISTING FACILITY.

AND EAGLE DID NOT PARTICULARLY LIKE OUR PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A GRANT REQUEST LAST YEAR AT THAT FACILITY.

SO THAT'S WHY WE KIND OF CHANGED GEARS TO LOOK AT THIS ALTERNATIVE RECYCLING SITE AT THE SERVICE CENTER. THE IDEA BEING THAT WOULD TAKE SOME OF THE THINGS AWAY POTENTIALLY LONG TERM FROM THE EXISTING SITE.

AND THAT SITE COULD FOCUS ON COMPOSTING YARD WASTE, FOOD WASTE AND THE BULK ITEMS SO THAT WE'RE REALLY NOT NEEDING NOR WOULD WE WANT TO EXPAND FURTHER INTO THE WETLAND AREA AROUND THAT SITE.

AND PROBABLY IDEALLY AT LONG TERM, IT WOULD BE NICE TO BRING EVERYTHING UNDER ONE SITE.

BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THAT TOWNSHIP REALLY DOESN'T HAVE ACREAGE TO CURRENTLY DO THAT.

SO THIS IS KIND OF THE NEXT STEP IN THAT PROCESS.

RELATED TO THAT, THOUGH, WE COULD ENHANCE THE WETLANDS AT THAT SITE OR DO SOME MORE PLANTINGS OR DEMONSTRATIONS.

THERE GETS A LOT OF TRAFFIC AND MIGHT BE A GOOD SPOT FOR TO EDUCATE PEOPLE.

YEAH, GOOD POINT. GOOD POINT. YEAH.

ALL RIGHT. ANYTHING ELSE ON THIS SECTION OR OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN? GOING ONCE.

NO QUESTION. NO, [INAUDIBLE] GOING TWICE.

THAT TAKES US TO REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

[7. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS ]

I CAN REPORT THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION UNUSUALLY CANCELED THIS LAST MEETING, SO NOTHING TO REPORT FROM THAT SIDE OF THE SHOP.

ANYONE ELSE HAVE A REPORT OR ANNOUNCEMENT THEY'D LIKE TO SHARE? KENDRA.

LAM PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD.

WE HAVE AN OPENING ON THE BOARD.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE PROTOCOL IS.

OH, GO AHEAD. CAN YOU PUSH YOUR MIC A LITTLE CLOSER? I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE. OH, SORRY.

OH, YEAH, SORRY. THANK YOU.

SO THERE IS AN OPENING ON THE LAND PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD, AND SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR FOLKS THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THAT.

I'M NOT SURE IF THERE'S A PROTOCOL IN PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO APPLY.

WE HEARD THAT THERE ISN'T ANY APP OR AT LEAST TOLD THE GROUP THAT THERE WASN'T ANY APPLICANTS.

BUT I CERTAINLY SAW PEOPLE WHO APPLIED FOR THIS COMMISSION.

ALSO MARK THE LAND PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD.

SO I'M NOT SURE WHERE THE DISCONNECT IS ON THAT.

MAYBE THE APPLICATIONS AREN'T HELD FOR VERY LONG.

I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT, BUT BUT THERE IS AN OPENING ON THAT BOARD.

AND AT THE CURRENT MOMENT WE ARE LOOKING AT POTENTIAL PROPERTIES TO EVALUATE AND GIVE AN OPINION TO THE BOARD TO CONSIDER PURCHASING.

ANYTHING FROM THE BOARD OF NOTE TO US.

I'VE BEEN AWAY.

OKAY. WELL, I GUESS I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SHARE, BUT THAT DOES BRING UP A GOOD QUESTION ABOUT HOW APPLICATIONS FOR COMMISSIONS ARE HANDLED. AND I GUESS I'M JUST CURIOUS WHAT I MEAN.

I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT NOW, BUT I KNOW WHEN I APPLIED I ENDED UP REAPPLYING IN VARIOUS OTHER THINGS.

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SO I'M WONDERING IF THERE COULD BE POTENTIALLY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROCESS FOR WHEN PEOPLE APPLY AND THEN WHEN WE HAVE OPENINGS AND HOW THAT KIND OF MATCHING MIGHT HAPPEN.

BUT THAT'S PROBABLY FOR FUTURE DISCUSSION.

BUT YES, WE DID WE DID EXPLORE THAT A BIT.

AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THERE'S NO EXACT PROCEDURE OR WRITTEN PROCEDURE THAT IT'S GENERALLY UP TO THE SUPERVISOR.

HOWEVER, I KNOW THE CURRENT SUPERVISOR, JACKSON WAS OPEN TO LISTENING TO THAT AND MAYBE IMPROVING THAT.

SO I THINK THAT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THAT BACK UP.

PROBABLY NOT TONIGHT, BUT MAYBE IF WE COULD BRING IT UP AT A COMMISSION MEETING AND THEN I CAN TAKE IT BACK TO A SUPERVISOR AND DISCUSS FURTHER.

OKAY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

ANYTHING ELSE FROM ANYBODY ELSE, TONY? I GUESS JUST SOME FUTURE DATES TO KEEP IN MIND.

THE THE GREEN TEAM IS LOOKING AT DOING ANOTHER COMPOST BIN SALE, PERHAPS ALSO A RAIN BARREL SALE. THE LAST SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER WOULD BE PICK UP FOR THAT TENTATIVELY AT THE FARMER'S MARKET.

AND THEN WE DO HAVE OUR BIG RECYCLING EVENT PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 8TH, MOST LIKELY AGAIN AT CHIPPEWA MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT WILL FOCUS ON ELECTRONICS.

AND WE JUST HAD AN INQUIRY RECENTLY FROM CONSUMERS ENERGY ABOUT ADDING APPLIANCES TO THAT AS WELL.

SO THAT IS LOOKING FAIRLY POSITIVE AT THIS POINT THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO WORK WITH CONSUMERS TO TAKE IN NON ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES AT THAT EVENT TOO.

EDUCATION TEAM.

SURE, SURE. SO.

SO WE MET, I GUESS WAS IT LAST WEEK.

SO THIS NOTICE THAT EVERYONE APPROVED TO GET SENT OUT IN JUNE HAS YET TO GO OUT AND I THINK I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE THERE'S SOME ISSUES IN PART OF MAILING IT.

THERE WAS A SUGGESTION TO SEND IT OUT WITH A WATER BILL.

HOWEVER, A BIG CHUNK OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON WETLANDS DO NOT GET A WATER BILL BECAUSE THEY ARE UNWELL AND SEPTIC.

SO EVEN THOUGH A GREAT IDEA TO CONSIDER, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, NOT USE PAPER AND MAYBE SAVE ON MAILINGS, THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA.

HOWEVER, NOT OPERATIONAL IN THIS SORT OF SITUATION.

SO AT OUR TEAM MEETING, WE LOOKED AT AND IDENTIFIED MAYBE ABOUT 5000 PROPERTIES POTENTIALLY THAT THIS COULD GO OUT TO BASED ON PEOPLE WHO DO LIVE ON WETLANDS, WHICH WAS ABOUT 4000 AND THEN THERE WAS OR ADJACENT.

AND THEN ADDITIONALLY LIKE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A KIND OF BUFFER OR I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT ADJACENT PROPERTIES, I THINK IT ENDED UP BEING SO AND I THINK WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET A LIST OF THOSE ADDRESSES THAT, BUT I NEVER ENDED UP SEEING THAT.

SO I'M NOT SURE WHERE WE'RE AT WITH THE BUDGET.

DO YOU KNOW THAT? TRUSTEE ONE SINCE THEY WERE, I INQUIRED AND I HAVE NOT FOUND THAT EMELIA, IT DOESN'T MEAN I WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AND I'LL CONTINUE TO LOOK INTO THE ENTIRE.

WE DO HAVE THAT DATABASE.

IT'S FROM CARA.

WE DO HAVE THAT LIST.

RIGHT. AND SO I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT IT AT THE MEETING WITH THE LIST, AND I THINK THAT THAT WAS ONLY LIKE ABOUT 15, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE 100 PEOPLE.

IT WASN'T A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET IT THAT LIVED ON WETLANDS OR ADJACENT TO IT.

AND SO WHEN WE LOOKED AT WHEN BRIAN I THINK BRIAN WAS AT THE MEETING AND HE PULLED IT UP ON THE GIS SYSTEM, HE CAME UP WITH ABOUT 5000 PROPERTIES. NOW, WHETHER THOSE WERE ALL WETLANDS OR NOT, THAT'S WHY WE HE MY UNDERSTANDING WAS, IS THAT THAT WAS GOING TO BE SENT OUT TO THE WETLAND EDUCATION TEAM SO WE COULD LOOK AT IT AND UNDERSTAND IT AND EVALUATE IT.

I'VE NOT SEEN THAT YET AND THAT MEETING WAS LAST WEEK, SO I'M NOT SURE IF THAT WAS GOING TO BE COMMUNICATED BETWEEN EMMA AND AND BRIAN OR THAT MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE TEAM. SO ANYWAYS, NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS IS YET TO GO OUT.

I THINK A BETTER SOLUTION FOR NEXT YEAR IS TO HAVE THIS GO OUT WITH A TAX BILL AND THEN JUST GOES OUT TO ALL THE RESIDENTS AND MAKES IT SIMPLER ON THE WHOLE MAILING END OF THINGS. SO I'M NOT SURE WHERE THE HICCUP IS IF IT'S IN STAFF TIME OR OR THE HICCUP IS, BUT THERE IS ONE.

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SO DO YOU HAVE A QUICK QUESTION? SO MENTIONED THE FOR THE WATER BILLS THAT WE GOT FOLKS THAT ARE NOT ON CITY SEWER AND WATER.

CORRECT, DO WE HAVE A PERCENTAGE OF HOW MANY OF MAYBE THOSE 5000 THAT MIGHT NOT BE ADDRESSES, MIGHT JUST BE PARCELS, CORRECT? RIGHT. WE WON'T KNOW WITHOUT LOOKING AT THAT.

SO THAT JUST NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT.

AND I DON'T. I THINK THAT'S. I'M TRYING TO THINK WHAT ELSE? I MEAN, WE HAVEN'T GONE TO THE SCHOOLS, BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S SOME GREAT STUFF.

GREAT STUFF. ANYTHING ELSE DONE ON THIS SIDE OF THE TABLE? MEAN ONCE GOING TWICE OVER HERE.

ALL RIGHT. STAFF REPORT.

YEAH. STAFF UPDATE. GO ONE AGAIN.

YOU CAN SEE THIS STUFF AT B-I-T-L-Y FORWARD SLASH UPDATE.

HYPHEN LEROY.

UM. LET'S SEE HERE.

JUST A COUPLE OF QUICK THINGS AND I REALLY EXPLORE YOU TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXPLORE THESE LINKS BECAUSE LAST WEEK WE GOT THE FINAL REPORTS FROM THE GRAM SUSTAINABILITY FELLOWS, INCLUDING KATIE, WHO WAS WORKING WITH US ON A GREEN MARKETING CAMPAIGN.

SHE DEVELOPED SEVERAL HANDOUTS FOR US AND SHE COMPILED THEM ALL ON A REALLY COOL WEBSITE.

I'VE GOT A SHORTCUT FOR THAT ON THIS AS WELL.

THERE'S A PDF VERSION OF THE GREEN TOOLKIT THAT SHE PREPARED, AND PART OF THE PRESENTATIONS FROM THE STUDENTS ALSO INCLUDED A PRESENTATION FROM JULIE STEVENSON FROM THE WHO RUNS THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE AT THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, AND THEN A COUPLE OF CONSULTANTS WHO ARE HELPING COMMUNITIES LOOK AT THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR DOING CLIMATE RESILIENCE PLANNING, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, ELECTRIFICATION, ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO WE WE HAVE A LOT OF MONEY THAT POTENTIALLY WE COULD USE WE COULD APPLY FOR IN THE TOWNSHIP, IF YOU CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY TO TAP INTO THAT.

SO MAYBE OUR BOARD, MAYBE SOME OF OUR CONSULTANTS COULD ASSIST.

AND THEN WE MET A COUPLE OF THE CONSULTANTS WHO ARE DOING JUST THAT.

MML, MICHIGAN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE AND THE STATE OF MICHIGAN EAGLE ARE ALSO OFFERING ASSISTANCE.

SO THAT'S THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND INVESTMENT MONEY.

LET'S SEE.

SO JUST FOR EXAMPLE, LOOKING AT ONE OF THE PRESENTATIONS THAT WE SAW LAST WEEK, THIS IS IT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF SOME OF THE CATEGORIES WHERE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE. LET ME JUST.

WE SHOULD BUILD AN AIRPORT.

THERE'S $25 BILLION FOR AN AIRPORT.

50 BILLION FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCY PROJECTS.

7.5 BILLION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING.

SO BUT HOW DO WE HOW DO WE TAP INTO IT? HOW DOES THE TOWNSHIP SORT OF TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY? SO I'M GOING TO MENTION THAT.

AND THEN ALSO JUST BRIEFLY, TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF KATIE'S, SOME OF THE WHAT SHE PUT TOGETHER.

ONE OF THE FOCUS WAS ON THE GREEN GRANT PROGRAM.

AND SO SHE'S SHE'S CREATED A WEB PAGE THAT INCLUDES LINKS TO ALL THE GREEN GRANTS AND SEE IF I CAN GET THERE REAL QUICK.

IT'S GOING TO TAKE ME A BIT TO GET TO GET THERE.

SO I'M NOT GOING TO I'LL JUST GIVE YOU THE LINK AND AND YOU CAN TAKE A PEEK AT IT.

AND THAT'S A PUBLIC FACING WEBSITE.

YES. EVENTUALLY IT'LL ALL GO ON THE STATE OF MICHIGAN EAGLE WEBSITE.

BUT FOR NOW, WE HAVE THE LINKS.

AND YOU CAN YOU CAN SEE KIND OF AN OVERVIEW OF ALL THE GREEN GRANTS.

YOU CAN SEE SOME SAMPLE PRESS RELEASES.

YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF GRAPHICS.

THERE'S PICTURES ALSO AVAILABLE.

SO THOSE WERE THE JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT.

STOP FOR A SECOND. THE INTENTION OF THAT TOOL KIT IS LESS TO FOCUS ON PROMOTING WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE IN THE TOWNSHIP AND

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MORE TO PROVIDE EXAMPLES.

TEMPLATE GUIDE FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT WANTED TO DO SOME SIMILAR COMMUNICATION.

IT'S BOTH.

SO SHE USED MERIDIAN AS AN EXAMPLE, BUT THE IDEA IS THAT THIS GREEN COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT COULD BE USED BY OTHER COMMUNITIES OR ORGANIZATIONS.

BUT FOR THE VETTING OF THE INFORMATION THAT'S ON THAT WEBSITE IN TERMS OF THE GREEN GRANTS AND THINGS HAS BEEN DONE BY THE GREEN GRANTS IS PRETTY ACCURATE. SOME OF THE OTHER FACT SHEETS ARE MORE TEMPLATES THAT STILL NEED TO BE TWEAKED.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING WITH HER WAS JUST PRODUCING INFORMATION THAT SHE COULD PUT INTO THE TEMPLATE.

SO SHE OFTENTIMES WENT AHEAD AND JUST DID IT.

BUT SOME OF THE STUFF STILL NEEDS TO BE EDITED, BUT IT'S IN A FORMAT THAT'S KIND OF EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

AND THIS IS THE FACT SHEET, WHICH I'M NOT.

YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE IT AT THIS ENLARGEMENT, BUT ALONG THE BOTTOM THERE'S GREEN PROGRAMS, THERE'S THE GREEN GRANT PROGRAMS, AND YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT THE FUNDING AMOUNT WAS.

YOU CAN SEE PICTURES, YOU CAN SEE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION.

IF THERE WERE PRESS RELEASES, THEY'RE SAMPLE PRESS RELEASES AND IF THERE WAS HOMTV COVERAGE, WE HAVE LINKS TO THAT FOOTAGE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO IT'S A VERY IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF DATA AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE USABLE.

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF HIRING A NEW PERSON AT HOMTV BECAUSE BRANDI LEFT THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO FOLLOW UP ON SOME OF THESE RESOURCES AS WELL.

WHAT IS THE LINK AGAIN TO HOW DO WE GET THERE? I'VE GOT A LINK TO THIS AT I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE IT ON THE STAFF UPDATE.

BIT.LY BIT.LY FORWARD SLASH UPDATE HYPHEN LEROY.

I'LL SEND IT OUT TO YOU THROUGH EMAIL AS WELL.

SO, UM, I'LL LET TOM MENTIONED SOME OF THE GREEN ACTIVITIES.

I'VE GOT OTHER LINKS TO OTHER THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO IT RIGHT NOW.

SURE. ANYTHING ELSE? ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR STAFF? THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

IF THERE'S NOTHING ELSE, WE RETAIN A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

I MOVE THAT YOU ADJOURN. ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY ADJOURN.

ADJOURNED.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.