- Call to Order - Michael Leszcz
- Approval of Minutes from Tuesday, September 22, 2020
- Vote on finalizing the Community Survey
- Vote on sending WSSC a letter on congratulating them on removing the silt
- Review the “Action Plan”
ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020
Attendees: Mike Leszcz, Monta Burrough, Kyla Clark, Bill Bailey and Kenya Barno
Motion to approve Minutes from Tuesday, September 22, 2020, made by Bill Bailey seconded by Mike Leszcz. No objections, Meeting Approved.
Mike Leszcz spoke about the visit to Paddock Pointe. Voiced concerns about the Storm Water Management issues. Real concerns are the riff raff path next to the railroad track that leads to the “Settling Pond”. The issues with the pond are they get silted up, but they never get cleaned up.
MARC train is a flag stop, not going to build a station. CSX want them to straighten the track out. Racetrack train stop will not build station there; however, we will see what happens.
Go ahead and move forward with “Community Survey” send to Audrey Barnes in Communication. Also send to Bill Goddard and Parks and Recreation.
Propose to send a letter to WSSC congratulating them on the removal of the sediment.
There will be a drinking water problem in the area soon.
Brian Coyle is pushing hard for a “Sustainability Officer” for the City. This is a requirement that must go forward.
Everyone read through the “Three Year Action Plan” documents modify and make changes.
What the City is doing: For example, we are members of the Maryland Green Registry, following green building codes, With the Pandemic it was an opportunity to retrofit the City buildings with UV lighting devices. Following very strict guidelines on how we cleanse our workstations after meetings.
One of the things that the County and State is doing that the City is not is “Contact Tracing”.
Carbon Footprint: The City is looking at the issue of hybrid vehicles for Parks and Recreation because they don’t travel outside the City.
The Laurel Police Department will soon execute a lease of 17 new police vehicles and after 5 years they get traded in.
City Council approve the lights for the DPW (Department of Public Works) Center for LED lights.
Health and Wellness: Parks and Recreation has been working with the Mayor’s Office on the biker/ walker trails and trying to tie into what Howard County is doing.
There is a big push to the state to connect the inter-connectivity of walker and biker trails from County to Jurisdiction.
We need to update document (Three Year Action Plan) by Wednesday, 23, 2020. To be sent out the first week of January. Starting date June 1, 2021 and then for three years.
Meeting Adjourned at 6:21 PM.
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