Chairman McNelly introduced Mark McGee of Taromina Industries to those of the committee who have not met Mr. McGee.
Contract Planner Garcia informed the committee that this item was brought before the committee as an informational item. For the past two years the City has received a grant from the Department of Conservation for the beverage containers at the City's schools.
The Department of Conservation has submitted a funding request for an additional two years supporting the 2001-2003 fiscal years. Additional information will be presented to the committee at a future meeting regarding the benefits the schools have been receiving.
After some additional discussion committee member Mitchell recommended that the City send out flyers to the school district to enhance participation from each of the schools. Contract Planner Garcia advised the committee that flyers would be going out at the beginning of the new school year. Chairman McNelly recommended additional information to be sent to the news media by the City's public relations staff regarding this program and encourage public involvement.
Chairman McNelly added this item to advise the other committee members about the specifics of the Home Composting program. He gave a brief history and description of the program that is currently held at the Fullerton Arboretum with several of the surrounding cities in Orange County participating as well. Chairman McNelly suggested that staff look into additional public relations programs to bring further citizen awareness to this course.
In lieu of the regularly scheduled meeting for the month of May, the committee has chosen to tour the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Mr. McGee of M G Disposal discussed a variety of options available for the Tour of Taormina MRF. The committee decided to meet at 7 A.M. on Wednesday May 15th. Mr. McGee agreed to meet the group with a van to transport them to the Materials Recovery Facility and the Brea-Olinda Landfill.
During the Home Composting Discussion Committee member Hoover asked Chairman McNelly about any news on hosting a table at the Night in Fullerton downtown festivities. Contract Planner Garcia informed the committee of her conversation with the Community Services Staff in charge of this event. Since this was not an informational event they felt that a table regarding the Composting program hosted by this committee would not be appropriate at this time. However in lieu of this new development, Contract Planner Garcia was inquiring about a booth at the Downtown Fullerton Market held every Thursday.
Committee member Hoover also inquired when the committee would be able to discuss the Urban Water Management Plan. Contract Planner assured him that this item was on the agenda for the next meeting and would be brought forward for committee review at that time.
Committee member Hardwick asked staff to gather information regarding Sewer Lateral Lines insurance programs offered from different Cities and present this information to the committee. With this information the committee then would be able to draft a program similar in language to submit to City Council for their review. After some discussion, there was some question as to which committee has jurisdiction of this issue. Chairman McNelly recommended that this committee pro-actively gather information independently.
Councilwoman Flory petitioned this committee to look into Water Conservation programs geared toward the City's restaurants. She stated that there is currently a program for the Hotels in which a guest may place a card on the bed asking Hotel Cleaning Service to not change the sheets after one use to conserve water. Councilwoman Flory indicated that she wishes to see a Water Conservation program in place for the major restaurants in Fullerton to contribute to this effort.