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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, May 8, 2017
Location: Borough Hall

  1. Meeting called to order at 7:00pm
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call
    1. Daniel Tornatore absent
    2. Gerald Anthony present
    3. Tom Caiaffa present
    4. Susan Golden present
    5. Jorge Quintana present
    6. Melissa Marte present
    7. Matt Giugliano absent
    8. Tony Landa present
    9. Joseph Garcia absent
  4. Earth Day: April 23, 2017 12-3pm
    1. Congrats on job well done
    2. For next year: get more speakers out by tent
    3. Not thrilled with food truck; would not use again
      1. Possibly 3 or 4 for next year?
    4. Wildman Bill: came late and only did two tours; would have been enjoyable had he been there earlier - people didn't realize time investment
    5. Library offered to have indoor portion with speaking points (10min sessions)
    6. Melissa - instead of programs do huge poster with the schedule
    7. Jorge - need to promote and thank vendors for activity
    8. Tony - will post everyday on Facebook until all vendors mentioned
    9. Have earth day agenda set for November 2016 to start - Susan
      1. Town news printed wrong information and suggestion was made to send in corrections
  5. New Business
    1. Want to recognize Donna and ladies of library at Mayor and council meeting
    2. Gerald Anthony submitting resignation
    3. Tony - Facebook is up 9 likes since Earth Day
    4. Susan/Tony went to training: would like to discuss handbook, look into a mission statement; establish series of goals to accomplish
    5. Jorge - Kcups: way to recycle them; usually put in trash (mostly plastic)
    6. HOPE Club: would like to host a "Green Fair" which highlights environmentally friendly vendors and crafts
    7. Jorge - would like essays posted by High school students, discussed possibility of commissioners writing monthly postings
  6. Old Business
    1. Trails to go through by Petruska
    2. Discussed replacing tree at PHS - no date scheduled yet; Daniel is working on this
    3. Bag ban
    4. Farmers Market: June 7th - November 15th, 2-7pm Wednesdays
      1. Requested wider bags; in previous years had donations of bags
      2. Should have own budget/be own entity
      3. Spend $10 you get a bag as opposed to handing out bags to everyone
      4. Ok to order 300 bags
      5. Gigi would like environmental table represented at the opening day - do shifts of an hour or two
  7. Adjournment
    1. Motion: Jorge
    2. Second: Tony
    3. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM
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