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Richard A. LaBarbiera

Date: Monday, September 11, 2017
Location: Borough Hall

  1. Meeting called to order at 7:02PM
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
    1. Daniel Tornatore present
    2. Tom Caiaffa present
    3. Susan Golden present
    4. Melissa Marte present
    5. Matt Giugliano present
    6. Tony Landa present
    7. Joseph Garcia absent
    8. Vincent Piccinich present
  4. Approval of July Minutes
    1. All in favor
  5. Council Report
  6. Farmers Market
    1. Matt discussed incident at market
      1. Susan asked each who have attended to write a letter to Board of Health about the market
    2. Discussed attendance at farmers market
    3. Melissa asked about advertising for members at events/having a survey/poster for sign up
    4. Daniel suggested a volunteer email list
    5. Susan mentioned a monthly newsletter or a "Like us" on Facebook display
    6. Matt brought up a vendor who is interested in selling tower gardens at market
      1. Tabled for now
  7. Old Business
    1. Susan - climate change presentation
      1. Mayor and Councilman Garcia attended
      2. Can hold another presentation - possibly at library
      3. Matt - Joe had very positive things to say about the presentation
    2. Tree/Plaque
      1. Daniel spoke with Jay Sexton and tree to possibly be planted in October
        1. Would prefer spring time
    3. National Night Out
      1. Tony and Susan attended
        1. Handed out bags and flyers for climate change presentation
      2. Susan
        1. Next year maybe say bring 10 plastic bags and you get a free market bag
          1. Bring to a recycling center at food stores etc.
  8. New Business
    1. Tony - wants to have a sit down to discuss social media issues
      1. Friday, September 15th 6:30pm
      2. Do we repost from other commissions?
        1. Daniel - good idea
      3. How politically controversial do we want to be?
        1. Tom - as little as possible
        2. Susan - post facts/truth
    2. Tony - discussed setting up "Pillars" of what commission is about/involved in
      1. Example: Farmers Market/climate change/woodlands, etc.
      2. Would like to do one post per pillar one time a month to Facebook/website
    3. Tony - we can do boosts on Facebook for more advertisement
    4. Bylaws - what are they? Can we make news ones?
    5. Working meetings/private meetings
      1. Susan suggested doing a working meeting and a public meeting
    6. Environmental bags
      1. Out of bags for the year do we order more?
        1. Tabled for next year and might purchase other item (seeds/mini solar charger/water bottle etc.)
        2. Melissa suggested doing a prize wheel and having multiple items to give out
    7. Susan would like to try to do town clean ups
      1. Possibly with Hackensack River keepers/boy scouts/DPW etc.
        1. River keepers have equipment to provide
    8. Set date for Earth day by November meeting
      1. Falls on Sunday, April 22nd
    9. Sustainable schools
      1. Susan wants to work with schools to help
    10. ANJEC - congress conference in October
      1. If would like to attend let office know so can register
  9. Adjournment
    1. Motion: Matt
    2. Second: Daniel
    3. Meeting adjourned at 8:25PM
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