HELP's new structure
The new structure suggested looks to lighten the meeting load for committee members as the work load within the departments increases. Both the intensity of the grant writing that is required at this time and the process of each department developing their 15% carbon reduction plans and data collection systems will require more time than member's work in the past.
Report from ICLEI plan sub committee
The ICLEI sub committee will be meeting at least one more time before our next HELP meeting and will prepare a list of potential actions for various department's carbon reduction plan. It is hoped that these suggestions can be prepared with a bit of information as to cost and effectiveness so that departments will have that information to help begin their planning.
Heather handed out a draft of the residential and commercial hauling RFP at the last meeting and asked for any suggestions. Most comments made by the committee at this meeting were looking at ways to increase the percentage of residential and commercial effective recycling and decrease the amount of "garbage" hauled to Burley. Ideas ranged from the inexpensive - better signage at all recycling sites, to the most expensive - refitting trucks to weigh garbage and recycling and charge per pound rather than volume.
It was agreed that Craig Barry (ERC) would take a look at Heather's new draft and make any informed comments on the potential changes to this document by the end of the week. Heather will proceed from there.
Just Bag It!
The grant proposal to the EPA to do a demonstration plastic bag reduction campaign in Hailey is nearly completed. Elizabeth Jeffrey agreed to be the manager of this program at about 10 hours per week. The grant will be ready to send in by next week.
No Idling Campaign
The successful second reading of the No Idling ordinance in Ketchum brought this issue to the table again. It was agreed that this is the best time to hop on board with this issue and work towards making environmental expectations valley wide rather than different in each town. As the meeting ran over time, we will revisit possible means of addressing the issue at our next meeting.