Environmental Committee, Town Agendas & Minutes|

Chestertown Environmental Committee
 Minutes
In Person and Virtual
August 10, 2023  

In Attendance:  Jenny Freebery, Secethia Davis, Carole Trippe, Thomas Dietz, Joe Maisano, Brad Hollomon, David Sobers, Mark Carper, Liz Peterson, Sarah Starman, and Annie Richards (Shore Rivers).

Meeting Overview

Treasury,  Energy, and Food Systems subcommittees all provided updates. The bulk of the meeting was taken up by a presentation by Annie Richards on Shore Rivers initiatives. Her presentation can be viewed in the attachment.

 

Items of Note:

On August 21 the stormwater plan for the town will be presented at Town Hall. Members of the group are encouraged to attend to support the proposal.

 

Treasury Report

 

  1. $1,210 is the remaining cash on hand.

 

Energy Committee

  • Tom Dietz is in discussion with the town council on fixing the town hall solar panel system.
  • Town remains committed to several energy initiatives:
    1. An Urban Grid solar array at the firehouse would have a payback of 6 months with the opportunity for a $50k grant offset.
    2. If the town does the project on its own, payback would be 5.5 years.
    3. 10% of the town budget is spent on energy ($400K).
    4. County and state landscape plans for solar farms overlap.
  • An irrigation plan is needed for plantings at solar arrays.
  • The solar array at the wastewater plant is owned by Tesla.
  • Getting closer to performing an energy audit.

New Business/Miscellaneous

  1. Members are encouraged to sign up for the Farmers’ Market CEC booth attendance.
  2. Town has settled on a cost to users of $24/month for recycling.
  3. Town is getting mosquito complaints related to not spraying.
    1. CEC needs to help proactively on this topic (A point person?
      1. Newsletter
      2. Spy
  • Social Media
  1. The importance of supporting recycling in addition to composting was discussed.
  2. A plastic bag ban was discussed. Typically, these are not enforced.
  3. For Annie Richards’ presentation, go to our Google shared drive.

 

Sustainable Maryland Update

 

  1. Our plan is currently under review,
  2. Should hear something end of August
  3. Storm water & watershed projects and energy audit are key to getting certified.

 

Food Systems Update

  • Education/Farmers Market Event, e.g., A meal preparation demonstration by a local chef.
    1. Planning event for next summer to be timed with Maryland buy local week, July 2024.

 

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