City Manager Armstrong and Maintenance Services Director Savage updated the committee on the City's accomplishments, progress, and future plans in energy conservation. Director Savage reviewed the items noted on the memorandum that he prepared for the committee, which was included in the agenda packet.
The Committee expressed an interest in the amount of savings the City has seen since implementing various energy reduction measures through the contract with Viron Energy Services. Director Savage distributed information supplied by Edison showing energy use for City Hall. Although dollar savings do not appear significant due to the recent rate increases, this information indicated from May 2000 to May 2001 the city has saved a total of 17% in overall energy usage. The traffic lights have a total of 80% savings with the new red LED screens. Director Savage confirmed that it is possible to continue savings by turning out streetlights, however there is a higher cost in doing so as well as a safety concern for the citizens. After additional conversation on how residents should be more involved in energy conservation, Committee member Mitchell suggested that City Staff inform residents of their city's efforts and accomplishments in energy conservation, to encourage the citizens to continue to save. Chairman Hardwick then suggested that the committee should draft a letter to the City Council, commending staff on an excellent job in conserving energy.
Committee members Hoover and Murphy presented the committee with their research in additional steps the city can take in the Used Oil Collection Program. They spoke with a representative of Asbury Environment that provides used oil collection services. Their conclusion is to invite a representative from Asbury to speak with the committee on further options. The discussion turned towards the informational materials funded by the grant and how they are distributed to the citizens. Associate Planner Viado assured the committee that information is included in the "Focus on Fullerton" newsletter sent with the residential water bills. Brochures and counter cards are available in various locations, including both library branches and City Hall. There was additional discussion on how to further publicize this program.
Committee member McNelly informed the committees that the Orange County Sanitation Districts published Storm Drain maintenance procedures in addition to a 4.5 million dollar Ocean Pollution Survey. This led to a brief discussion on the effects that lack of proper maintenance could have on the city.
Committee member Mitchell noted that the Orange County Storm water Pollution Brochure listed an 800 number for the used oil collection program that was no longer in service. Associate Planner Viado indicated the County would be contacted and informed of that issue.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be August 15, 2001.