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MEETING MINUTES

PARAMUS ENVIORNMENTAL COMMISSION
BOROUGH OF PARAMUS
JOCKISH SQUARE
PARAMUS, NEW JERSEY 07652
MEETING MINUTES

Richard A. LaBarbiera
Mayor

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Location: Borough Hall

  1. Meeting called to order at 7:03 PM
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
    1. Daniel Tornatore - absent
    2. Tom Caiaffa - present
    3. Susan Golden - present
    4. Melissa Marte - present
    5. Matt Giugliano - absent
    6. Tony Landa - present
    7. Joseph Garcia - absent
    8. Vincent Piccinich - present
    9. Gigi Manasse, Farmers Market Manager - present
  4. Approval of October Minutes
    1. Tom Move to accept
    2. Melissa second
    3. All in favor
  5. Council Report - none
  6. Communications
    1. Tony: post farmers market on Tuesdays
      1. Alpacas coming for last day Wednesday the 15th
    2. Clean up event posted
      1. Near Van Saun Park - stream
    3. Environmental Talk posted for Tuesday November 14th at library
    4. Looking into an Instagram account
    5. Tony: list of boro officials for email to submit for reposts on Facebook
  7. Farmers Market
    1. Gigi: would like to start earlier next year; possibly May and end in October
      1. No other market in area starts in May
      2. Has aquaponic farmer for year-round farming
      3. Start 2nd week in May end 3rd week October
  8. Earth Day
    1. Melissa: Reached out to Whole Foods/Trader Joes - waiting on response
    2. Plaque for Jorge Quintana
    3. Would like to transition to more sustainable/green vendors this year
    4. Face painter - list of endangered animals to paint on childrens' faces
    5. Need a theme; will HS be assisting?; need to contact Mrs. Toulougian
    6. What are we going to give away at earth day?
    7. Food vendors?
      1. Empanada mania
      2. The guac spot
      3. J&J Italian Ice
    8. Gigi suggested BCUA - Angela; does composting
      1. Use e-vites instead of printed invitations / phone calls to let vendors know about save the dates
      2. Need to divvy up list of vendors to contact
  9. Old Business
    1. Paramus Cleanup day
      1. Get little league/cub scouts/girl scouts etc. involved
      2. Submit dates to Guy Picone for approval
  10. New Business
    1. Susan: budget for 2018
      1. Estimated around $19,000 to go over with Guy and discuss at next meeting
    2. Tony: better bags for farmers market next year
      1. Need to give an email address to receive a bag
    3. Climate Change facts and solution Speech
      1. Susan will be speaking at Library on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7pm
    4. New green projects for commission
      1. Talk to businesses about recycling
    5. Riverkeeper clean up event; November 5th Ben Porat Yosef
      1. About 20 people to start off and as day went on about 20 more showed
      2. Took place at Van Saun/Rte. 4 and Forest Ave; stayed on school property
  11. Adjournment
    1. Motion Melissa
    2. Second Tom
    3. Adjourn 8:04 PM
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