2020, Environmental Committee, Town Agendas & Minutes|

December 3, 2020

In Attendance: Andy Goddard, Darran Tilghman, Jon Hanley, David Sobers, Zack Kelleher, Jenny Freeburg, Tim Trumbauer, David Foster, Carl Gallegos, Harold Somerville, Krista Lamoreaux, Seyed Marjae

Administration:

Harold gave the committee a brief bio. He is a Kent County native, Rising Sons mentor (a recent activity was assisting with Sumner Hall garden beautification), probation officer. His passion is working with the community.

2021 Officers. Darran to continue as president for interim.

Energy & Transport:

Jon reported on Eastern Shore EVSE Initiative

1. Delmarva EVsmart Program

  • Betterton installation; two Level 2 stations
  • Chestertown application submitted for review on 9NOV; Foot of High Street two Level 2 stations

2. Local Town government action

  • Easton municipal lot; four Level 2 stations
  • Rehoboth DE municipal lot; two Level 2 chargers
  • Lewes DE: two municipal lots; one Level 2 chargers

3. EVI of MD administering state grant program

  • increase EVSE specifically on the Eastern Shore
  • only DCFC 440 volt stations with free charging
  • grant requests due by end of December
  • “letter of support” due Friday
  • Chestertown sites; Foot of High Street, Ajax Park, Kent Plaza, Washington Square. All level 3 fast charge
  • all installation costs covered by grant, EVI of MD will own/operate for 5 years

4. EV ownership

  • 27,000 in MD
  • Easton has the most
  • Hyattsville; first electric police car AND trash truck

5. Chestertown zoning regulations

  • we should develop language for a town ordinance to adopt for all new commercial construction permits
  • one EV charging spot per 25 parking spaces
  • EVSE specifications
  • reference grant monies available

Kent Basic Needs- Local Management Board committee formed to address housing & transportation. CEC invited to participate.

Waste Management

WAC dining hall, opening in mid-January, will be operating at 50% capacity. All food waste will be composted with SEEC/Wayne Gilchrest

Water & Habitat:

4 sites done/ in progress: Good Seeds garden at Sumner Hall, Kent Attainable houses by Garnet Elementary, Cerino Center at the Marina

Chestertown Stormwater Plan: Tim wrapping up draft

Open Streets; ESLC & Owen Bailey presentation. Potential to expand pedestrian access. Test feasibility with temporary zones. CEC suggestions. Gateway Park/Rte. 20 crossing, Break in sidewalk, rt 213 @Pardoes, YMCA access from Foxley Manor

Food Security

Turkey giveaway v. successful

Canned goods still needed- drop off Frank Rhodes trailer or Janes Church Blessing Box

Oil Spill

D Foster reported good meeting with Town, Hospital & MDE. Hospital hired new consultants.

Reflections in 2020

Successes:

• Cemented relationship with Mayor & Council. I.e., CEC input and advice on pertinent issues. I.e., Congressional Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, Wilmer Park flooding playground/naturescape

• re-opening of farmers’ market

• 5K Keep America Beautiful Grant for new recycle & trash receptacles

• Cemented relationships/partnered with other committees

Meeting Values:

• Information: Learn of new projects & partnerships

• Member enthusiasm & energy

Who and/or What Still Needs to Be Included

• More diverse members (young/Black/Latino/High School?

• Target new members with specific backgrounds – local manufacturers – potentially Dixon/LaMotte

Future Opportunities for greater impact

• Pursue changing new building planning & zoning ordinance for more sustainable facilities & landscape- EV charging stations, Native planting

January- Plan for Earth Day Festival 2021

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