Environmental Committee|

Chairman Jon Hanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Attending were Jon Hanley, Bob Ingersoll, Brad Holloman, Ed Minch, David Foster, David Sobers, Bob Patterson, Rob Busler, Andy Goddard and Margo Bailey.

  1. Mayor Chris Cerino was present to address the committee in his priorities.  Increase the tree canopy to 40%.  Kees de Mooy is looking for all possible grants to achieve this goal.  The team can help with research and by identifying locations in need of trees.  The possibility was raised about getting David Cordish to place trees in the refurbished Kent Plaza.  It would sweeten the deal if we could find a grant for trees for Mr. Cordish.  It was suggested that the Green Committee attend the meeting of the Planning Commission where Kent Plaza’s plans are discussed.  Also, Brad Holloman has reservations on the state of the lighting in the parking lot.
  2. Storm water management is critically important for the health of the Chester River and management plans will be enforced by the State.  Suggestions:  Increase rain barrel usage; Seek funding for demonstration projects; Need to slow down flow on High Street with plant islands that will absorb rain flow.  David will research towns that have done similar projects.
  3. Solar is being introduced in Senate Bill 786.  Right now the Town should do an interconnection application that costs nothing and commits the Town to nothing.  This goes to Delmarva Power.  Rob Busler and Bill Ingersoll will prepare a presentation and talking points.  They can present this to the Council and community.

Other possible projects:

  • Research how to green the marina as much as possible.  Margo will call Ed McMahon to see if he has any ideas.

Other business:

  • Earth Day will be held on Saturday, April 19th.  Cindy will ask John Seidel and CRA if they would help create our poster and maps.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, march 20th at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Submitted by:

Margo Bailey.


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