ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021 – 6:00 P.M.
1. Call to order - Michael R. Leszcz, Chairman
2. 2. Approval of Minutes from Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and Tuesday, March 30, 2021
3. 3. Community Survey - Results
4. 4. Legislative Update
5. 5. Next Meeting
6. 6. Adjournment
ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
Attendees: Mike Leszcz, Bill Bailey, Monta Burrough and Kenya Barno
Meeting called to order, no quorum to approve Minutes from March 30, 2021.
Legislative Update: On March 6th met with Bin Cardin. Last week the Mayor and I also met and spoke about “91-Thousand Pounds of Trucks” on the highway. Which is an increase along with the length. It went from the shorties to the 40-foot trailers (two trailers hocked up to a cab). After reading legislation there is a possibility, they can hock up three to a cab. The only place that normally carries three is out in the west. When they are going down the highway at 70 miles per hour, they are whipping it in which cause a lot of accidents. Its not just the length it is the safety.
The biggest expense with tacker trailers right now is the down time for the drivers. They can drive 10 hours, but they must rest 8. Some of them you can see parked over on route 216.
When discussed with the Department of Transportation Infrastructure and Services the representatives from the industry (from the meeting back in March) are going to make a deal with the states, and they are going to put a governor on the trucks, so they do not run more than 50 miles per hour. This is pending on the Federal side right now.
Second legislation is the “Bag Bill”- the bags in the grocery stores are not biodegradable. There was a story about a camel who had 33 bags in his stomach (ate them) and died.
Recently purchased 500 biodegradable bags. Gave 250 to LARS and gave the other 250 to St. Mary’s Church. Received good feed back from LARS and found out they were able to fill the bags with more food and it was sturdy. St. Mary’s did not really provide too much feedback.
Out of the $21.6 Million that the City will receive we think we may be able to pay for biodegradable bags. Going to propose this to the Mayor and see if we can start a program for food pantries only. The pantries would be responsible for picking up bags and see if we can get the City of Laurel Environmental Affairs Committee written on the bags.
The next things are finding out who makes the six-pack rings (that holds cans together) they also come biodegradable the problem is the shelf life is not that long. You can buy a biodegradable bag and it will start degrading once you open the box. This has to do with the sunlight hitting the plastic,
There are two goals: First goal is to keep them out of the dump and second to keep them out of the watershed and oceans.
Electronic vehicles are good, but they are much heavier. They weight over 400k pounds. There is a study in California that is researching currently about the road debris picked up by the heavier cars along with the break dust which is harmful to pregnant women. We will get this report in 2022. There is asbestos in the brakes, metal fillings in ceramic brakes and the particles are very fine (particles float in the air).
Reading of Community Survey Results: 46 Citizens responded, Community Survey results provided upon request.
Some of the cars being sold today are being sold with cut outs. Since the three-way stop signs have been placed at Prince Georges and 4th street, some people are stopping at Montgomery street and then racing to get to 4th street (cars are very loud). There are Ordinances in some city’s against how loud your car can be. The mufflers may be a challenge for the Mayor and Police Department.
Thinking of taking some wood near the river and send it to a company that make pencils. Did find a company that recycles newspapers for pencils. Going to do some research and then get pencils for every third and fourth grader in the City’s school limit.
We will put together an information packet about recycling for the fall around July 2021.
Meeting Adjourned at 6:45PM
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