May 2008 Member Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE MEMBERS

OF LONGMONT AREA DEMOCRATS

HELD MAY 7, 2008

A Regular Meeting of the Members of Longmont Area Democrats was held March 5, 2008 at the Longmont Public Works Center 375 Airport Road, Longmont, Colorado 80503, commencing at approximately 7:03 p.m.

A Regular Meeting of the Members of Longmont Area Democrats was held March 5, 2008 at the Longmont Public Works Center 375 Airport Road, Longmont, Colorado 80503, commencing at approximately 7:03 p.m. CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President Marilyn Hughes who presided. Board Secretary Jack Wolfe, acted as Secretary of the meeting.

Thirty-one members and guests were present.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

President Hughes announced the following:

– Liz Marr is seeking volunteers for open seats on the BoCo Food and Ag. Policy Council;

Call her at 303-774-9200 Ext 102

– LAD will host “Movie Night” at the Library on May 28th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. We will be showing “Buying the War”; it is free and open to the public

– City of Longmont needs volunteers to serve on commissions and boards, including:

Downtown Development, Environmental Affairs and Museum Advisory

– Brandon Shaffer needs campaign volunteers: contact Dan Gould

– LAD will man a voter registration table at the Longmont Free University during ArtWalk

On May16th

– June 4th LAD meeting will be the State Legislative Wrap-Up

– July LAD meeting will be the annual picnic.

CAMPAIGN DONATIONS

President Hughes reported that the Small Donor Committee had approximately $654 in funds, and that the Board was recommending that it all be divided and given out now to Longmont’s Democratic state Senator and Representative candidates. It was suggested that some money be saved for possible contributions to county commissioner candidates, but it was the consensus of the membership present that the Board’s recommendation be accepted.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS AT CITY OF LONGMONT

Bob Norris introduced panel members Charles Kamenides, City Public Works Operations Manager and Ron Shaw, City Liaison to the Environmental Affairs Board, and noted that City Council Member Brian Hansen was detained at another meeting but would be joining the panel later.

The panel then began to discuss existing City programs and what they hoped to be able to do in the future. They noted that program effectiveness would be evaluated based upon economics, environmental factors and social factors.

 

Brian Hansen then joined the meeting and reported briefly on the RTD FasTracks meeting that he just left. Discussion followed.

Charles Kamedines talked about code changes in various municipalities along the front range and how they compare to Longmont code changes. He stated that Longmont compares very well, and that it is working closely with Bounder County on environmental and conservation issues.

The panel discussed existing City programs:

1. Compact flourescent light bulb program

2. Energy Audit Program

3. Green Points Program

4. Energy Star Program

5. LED lighting

The panel then discussed possible future programs:

1. LED street lighting

2. More use of renewable energy sources; (all panel members agreed that maximum development of wind power by PRPA would be beneficial.)

3. Shifting energy use to off-peak times

4. Adding bike routes and use of non-carbon energy sources

5. Urban tree program

Mr. Kamenides then discussed current and future programs of the Public Works Department:

1. Recycle Center open 24/7

2. Curb-side tree limb pickup

3. Attempting to compost lawn grass and other waste products

4. CHARM Center

5. Trade or re-use of items that could harm the environment if discarded

6. City is looking at a Triple-Bin refuse/compost system

7. City is looking at larger bins that would offer more recycle items

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be at the Public Works Center on June 4th, when Longmont’s State Senator and Representatives will present a state legislative wrap-up report.

ADJOURN

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it was adjourned at approximately 8:45 p.m, and private discussions continued after the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Jack P. Wolfe

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