Amlber EAC Meeting Minutes

April 15, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015     7:00 to 8:55 PM  at Calvary United Methodist Church

Member Attendance (quorum): Charlie Charlesworth, Matt Cooley, Steve Maakestad, Mary-Margaret Monser, Alex Pratt

Member Absence: Steph Figary, Susan Johnsson

Associates: Susan Curry, Chris Raines

Also in attendance: members of Earth Fest Planning Committee: Chris Mrozinski, Eileen and Mark Wenckus, Julia and Gary LeFevre, Peter (Democratic Committee), Louise Eltrick (Calvary), Mike Koslowski (Stantec)

Next Meeting Date: May 20, 2015 To Be Determined (Outdoor Location)

Action Items by person:

Maakestad:

  1. Assist in organizing music, PA system, children’s activities and compost bins for Earth Fest.
  2. Identify landscapers that could offer services to support the rain garden program.
  3. Transport compost bins –run raffle, coordinate water conservation display (laptop)
  4. Contact Frank DeRuosi to offer EAC support in processing park surveys and deciding what actions/ policies the surveys point to
  5. Meet Susan April 24 8:00 AM to scout Tannery Run access and debris.

Johnsson:

  1. Confirm all previous rain gardens are registered and have signs.
  2. Process checks for Earth Fest

Figary:

  1. Support Rachel Rosenfeld as requested.

Monser:

  1. Participate on Rain Gardens Tour planning committee

Pratt:

  1. Send photo and short bio to Raines for website.

Charlesworth:

  1. Send photo and short bio to Chris Raines for website.
  2. Send contact info for persons to complete infiltration testing for rain garden program.

Raines:

  1. Continue superb coordination of Earth Fest event. Post at Facebook.com/Ambler19002
  2. Daniel Brouse will submit the costs of EAC domain registration for reimbursement.

Curry:

  1. Connect with rain garden homeowners to confirm commitment and dates
  2. Prepare EAC sign-up sheet for booth at Earth Fest
  3. Get flyer to Chris about Park clean-up for Earth Fest
  4. Support Alex with EAC panel display size
  5. Get names/contacts of rain garden installers: Mark Ryan, and from Mark Wenckus

AGENDA TOPICS

  1. Introductions
  1. All attendees gave brief introductions.
  1. Earth Fest Planning:
    1. Chris Raines noted two articles publicizing the event including The Enterprise and the Home Town News as well as slides at the Sustainability Movies and handouts of flyers there. The Zumba leader is ill. Speakers will be video-taped.
    2. A program with maps and a rain plan were printed (250 copies); yellow vests for traffic control volunteers coming from the borough. Resulting donations and vendor fees, mean that the EAC budget for event will not be fully spent.
    3. T-shirts were available for all Earth Fest planners.
    4. Daniel Brouse and Rick Denzien will contribute to outside music
  1. Council/Planning Commission items:
    1. Steep slopes ordinance is projected to affect 65 properties. County is to make recommendations after survey other Boroughs’ steep slopes ordinances (densely built out towns). EAC goal was to have consistent ordinance in all municipalities along the Wissahickon Creek. It is not clear how “proof” of slope would be an additional burden on homeowner (need a survey already).
    2. Park survey will remain open for more inputs until end of April. The EAC will offer support to compile data and consider what decisions to make that incorporate the feedback.
  1. Announcements and Opportunities
    1. EVENTS: WVWA Stream Clean-up is on April 25th. The EAC meets at the Trax Restaurant at 9am.
    2. Eagle scout tree planting at Borough Park is also on April 25th.
    3. Wissahickon Watershed Congress: “Creek in Crisis” – May 13 5:30 pm at Germantown Academy. EAC will have a booth and support with $50. Writer’s Note: WVWA later informed the EAC that they are exempt from the $50 fee.
    4. OPPORTUNITIES: The company that installed the solar panels on Matt Cooley’s home is offering to install panels for free in exchange for agreement to buy your electricity from them at a price less that PECO rate. Allows you to get solar panels at no cost and you are doing a good thing for the environment
  1. Ambler Borough Park Clean-up Day
    1. Rachel Rosenfeld will coordinate a park Clean-up two Saturdays in a row (with Sundays the rain dates: July 18 (19) and July 25 (26).
  1. Ambler EAC Budget Review

It appears two categories will be underspent. We can shift funds into rain gardens or Fall Mini-Campaign if needed.

  1. Mini-Campaign       Alex would like to develop a more professional display. The EAC authorized Alex Pratt to contact Matt Hoot (Insignia) to develop panels that could be mounted on the EAC display panels by May 13 for display at the Watershed Congress. An interactive program will be available on Steve’s tablet at the Earth Fest.
  1. Rain Gardens Update
    1. Susan Curry is still developing a resource list for the homeowners of landscapers, excavating contractors, and infiltration professionals. Please send known resources to Susan Curry. There are four interested homeowners.
    2. Susan did not gather the Rain Gardens tour committee which includes Chris Raines, Christopher Mrozinski, and Mary-Margaret.
  1. Facebook Page and Website
    1. Alex Pratt and Charlie Charlesworth to send a short bio/photo for website update.
    2. Daniel Brouse will submit the costs of EAC domain registration for reimbursement. Chris Raines will coordinate with Daniel Brouse.
  1. BoRit Community Action Group:   The presenter on Mesothelioma has asked to present to the community at large at Calvary Church on May 19 (a Council meeting date). Risks during development of the Crossings townhomes were discussed.       Matt questioned whether the EAC wanted to submit a position paper. The item was tabled with no vote.
  1. Next Meeting: May 20 , 2015 LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED (may be outside on Susan’s deck – weather and daylight time permitting).

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.

Future Agenda Items:

Fall Mini-Campaign

Park Survey recommendations

Downtown Tree management

Public Involvement for MS4 Permit