Meeting Minutes

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES October 12, 2017 7:00 pm

published: December 12th, 2017

Call to Order: Commissioner LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm

 

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Barry LaRoy

 

Excused:

Councilwomen Gloria Rafko

Brian Egen

Ed Kane

 

Guests:            Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Bill Doster, Citizen

Brian Wilhem, Citizen

Diane Wilhelm, Citizen

 

The COTE meeting for September was cancelled due to lack of agenda.

 

Approval of minutes from August 10, 2017 meeting – Motion by Beaudry, Seconded by Stefanski

 

UPDATES

SPAC Fall Meeting & Legislative Briefing:

Commissioner Micka & Melanie Foose mentioned: Rep Bellino & Sen Zorn attended, Mayor Clark attended & was the keynote speaker, COTE Chairman Egen & Commissioner Micka attended, Jon Doyle (MDEQ) discussed PAC Grant & report updates coming for financial reports using SIGMA – webinar in Jan 2018, Dr Paul Seelbach (U of M) is working with OGL for PAC AOC related classes-Dr Seelbach will be communicating with SE MI AOCs, Vice Char SPAC looking to fill, Christina Patona (MDEQ) developing an Environmental Economic estimating tool to connect habitat & economic growth – Mott Foundation doing something similar to Christine Patona.  Other items discussed by COTE members include the clean harbor in the Port of Monroe, Multiple political related topics, BUIs, delisting, indicator species, consumption advisories, timeframe for recovery to delist, overview of all BUIs for Raisin & ones removed/remaining.

PAC Grant 2017:

Grant accepted by City Council 8-21-17 & all signatures received on 8-23-17.  Due to delay in award changes to schedule/tasks are suggested: GIS storymap fall 2017, PSA winter 2018, media promotion winter 2018, Drone video spring 2018.  A request to the grant changes will need to occur & establishment of a subcommittee for working through logistics of all tasks to bring to the COTE for approval.

Monroe County Environmental Fund Grants (2016 & 2017):

River Raisin was sprayed by Aquaweed (City contractor) on 10-9-2017.  The spray occurred from Fish Passage 1 (water plant) to Central Park Blvd.  Permit for 2018 will be amended to extend to Cranbrook Blvd.  Report & remaining funds were requested for the 2016 & 2017 grant.  The City received notice from the IWR that the EPA & NFWF-SOGL will be funding the 2018 & 2019 sprays – City commitment for GIS in-kind services will be required.

MDEQ Items:

Annual EPA meeting with DEQ & EPA will occur, topics to focus on the Raisin will include 4 BUIs remaining.  Dredging data from ACE will be coming on were we are at with our criteria.  2017 bird data coming soon.  Dr Grasman (Herring Gull) & Dr Bowerman (Eagles).  Benthos monitoring data-waiting on.  Fish from the Raisin (2016) that were collected – currently frozen, will be analyzed soon.  New fact sheets handed out from DEQ on AOCs & LaMP.

 

Members Time:

Stefanski-DHHA tote bags-1 box to be requested for City & 1 for County Parks.

Micka– Rocks in navigational channel found during dredging – likely from NS causeway pushed downstream.

Owens-Caught an 18” small mouth bass upstream of Waterloo Dam – walleye desired for MDEQ to aid in use of fish passage structures.  Steelhead on east side of Macomb St bridge running in river – use a silver spoon to catch.  Oxygen is on the bottom of the river this time of year.

Finzel-Doster-none, but glad to see visitors.

Beaudry-Traverse City, MI has stickers selling for fundraiser.  Potentially using concept for Raisin AOC sticker.  Mentioned Agricultural Action at MCCC on 11-15-17 12:30 pm to 4pm – maybe record by MPACT.

 

Adjournment

8:45 pm motion made by Owens, Seconded by Finzel-Doster.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES August 10, 2017 7:00 pm

published: December 12th, 2017

Meeting was called to order by Acting Chairman Stefanski at 7:03 pm, August 10, 2017.

Members present:  Bonnie Doster, Richard Micka, Dan Stefanski, Milward Beaudry, and

Gloria Rafko

Members excused:  Barry LaRoy, Isaac Owens, Brian Egen, and Melanie Foose-MDEQ

Others present:  William Doster, and Gloria Rafko’s grandson.

A motion by Doster, supported by Micka to accept the minutes of the June 8th meeting.

Motion carried.

Stefanski briefed members on the following items:

  1. 2016 PAC Grant Final Report
  2. 2016 & 2017 County Environmental Final Grant
  3. 2017 PAC Grant submitted

 

There was discussion on the clean-up scheduled for August 19th 9-noon.  Milward will video tape the clean-up.  He also requested to be informed of dates DPS will be conducting future log removal so he can get footage of the removal.

Ed Kane brought in examples of mesh bags.  Melanie Foose informed the commissioners that our 2017 Grant has been submitted for approval.

Milward will include donors of the bags on the clean-up PSA.

Dick Micka informed members about an upcoming tour of Stoney Island scheduled for August 16th.  He also informed members about the details of an NSA investigation at the Port of Monroe.  Finally he also told a great story about General Custer capturing a shipment of gold where he utilized a canoe to capture the Confederate vessel carrying the gold.

Bonnie Doster submitted a communication with her new address and email address.

With no additional business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality DRAFT MINUTES June 8, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent:

Councilwomen Gloria Rafko

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Bill Doster, Citizen

Chairman Egen mentioned the COTE meeting for May could not occur due to no quorum.

Approval of minutes from April 13, 2017 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Stefanski

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for April & May 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

City entered a SEMCOG Photo Contest using several of pictures taken with this grant task.

Approximately $230 remains in the grant that has not been encumbered, alternatives were discussed such that Monroe News is running ads through June 25 were $195 of the remaining funds can be used for an ad for the Field Guides.  Jody Egen will be consulted to develop an ad to run in June.  Remaining funds will be used for cleanup supplies.

Largest Bigmouth Buffalo fish caught near the Ford Plant in the AOC recently.

Monroe County Environmental Fund Grants (2016 & 2017):

2016 & 2017 grant funds have been partially received.  Funds will be pooled to the 2017 season flowering rush spray ($6,000 total).  Currently working through proposal negotiations with the contractor before work can start/be scheduled.  Also, the City will be part of a grant application with the International Wildlife Refuse Alliance for 2018/2019.

PAC Grant 2017:

GLRI is funded-capacity grant has been approved, MDEQ is preparing the award documents/contracts.  Contract will run through June 30, 2018.  Contact with several boy scout troop has been occurring to secure some dates to hold the 2017 river cleanup, possible week day cleanup on a COTE meeting or Boy Scout meeting night to garner the greatest number of help.

MDEQ Items:

Went through a SPAC conference info, location, details, agenda & expenses.

Members Time:

Stefanski-none

Micka– SPAC conference expenses/vendor details, Discussed Vince Bonifer in the Monroe News tour, Went to Ducks Unlimited Convention & discussed details, Discussed GLRILotus Tour, Downsriver Greenways project, City Park Masterplan for 6 parks, & National Park Kayak Plan

Owens-Contact Senator Zorn about restocking walleye in the river, showed pictures of Ike’s fish caught in May.

Kane-Caught 7 fish downstream of the Waterloo Dam recently.

Finzel-Doster-none

Beaudry– Discussed maintenance on river frontage for homeowners.  Melanie Foose will provide some BMP guidance for owners, LaRoy may present the Field Guide at Kiwanis meeting.

LaRoy-Fish Derby is June 10, City of Masterplan comments are due July 17th +/-, send them to LaRoy or Jeff Green, Planning Director

Egen-Discussed application through website for fish catches within river & by location.  It is intended to be through the City website & developed after the new City website rollout.

Adjournment 8:27 pm motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Owens.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES April 13, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Commissioner LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski – via phone

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Councilwomen Gloria Rafko

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Bill Doster, Citizen

Mayor Robert Clark

Maureen Pfund, Former COTE Chairman

Megan LaRoy, Student / Volunteer

Mayor Robert Clark & Councilwomen Gloria Rafko spoke & presented Maureen Pfund with a Certificate of Appreciation for the 11 years she lead the COTE as chairman.

Ed Kane was officially introduced as a new COTE member

Approval of minutes from March 9, 2017 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Finzel-Doster

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for March 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

Field Guide “stuffers” officially ran out & finishing being stuffed in water bills on 3-17-17 to 50,000+ people.

Approximately $230 remains in the grant that has not been encumbered, alternatives for river cleanup supplies will be sought.

Monroe County Environmental Fund Grants (2016 & 2017):

2016 grant funds have been partially received.  2017 application has been received & it is likely funding will be granted; it is intended to combine a portion of the funds with the 2016 grant funds for a 2017 season flowering rush spray.  Some of the other funds will be used for a 2017 river cleanup due to potential delay in the 2017 PAC grant funds.

PAC Grant 2017:

GLRI is in jeopardy, MDEQ is waiting on awarding grants, 2017 funds are secure, but 2018 funds are not, a website for the statewide river cleanup funds will be provided from the MDEQ for consideration, 2017 funds have already been funded.

MDEQ Items:

Went through a SPAC ppt that was provided at the conference.

Went through the Illinois Sea Grant website and reviewed the drone footage of the USEPA River Raisin PCB cleanup project.

Members Time:

Micka– SPAC meeting details

MDEQ handling of the AOC program

EPA microcystin DRAFT document / LaRoy to contact Monroe County Health Dept about potential grant for 2017 season for Lake Erie – Monroe Water Plant is ELISA method certified for testing

Went over Melanie ppt details

Discussed Dr. Grassman (Eagles study)

Michelle Selzer LaMP program

District 9 Meeting Info

IJC Meeting details in Detroit

Mentioned everyone should go to the AOC conference

Discussed Vince Bonifer in the Monroe News

Port of Monroe notice from EPA regarding a port study

Mentioned Tom Krzyston, long time Port chairman passed awy

Owens-mentioned the Scenic Vista cleanup work has started along river on IHM property by City of Monroe DPS, looks great so far.

Kane-went to the RR Watershed Council Farm-Led Watershed Conservation meeting.

Finzel-Doster-none

Beaudry– none

Rafko– none

Stefanski-appreciation for Maureen Pfund’s longevity & hard work

LaRoy-Will contact Boy Scouts about dates for 2017 river cleanup

Egen-Discussed chairman nomination for Dick Micka.  After a long discussion a motion was made by Finzel-Doster & seconded by Rafko to unanimously nominate Brian Egen for chairman of the COTE and Barry LaRoy as vice-chairman of the COTE.

Adjournment 8:18 pm motion made by Owens, Seconded by Stefanski

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES March 9, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Commissioner LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski – via phone

Milward Beaudry

Gloria Rafko

Barry LaRoy

Excused: Brian Egen

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Ed Kane, Citizen

Bill Doster, Citizen

Approval of minutes from February 9, 2017 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Beaudry

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for February 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

Field Guide “stuffers” are finishing the week of 3-13-17 being stuffed with Water Bills to 50,000+ people.

PAC Grant 2017:

Due to proposed federal budget the grant is likely to be delayed, no estimate of delay can be given at this time.

Monroe News Article of 24 inch Trout Catch:

Ed Kane was introduced to COTE.  Ed went over his catch of a 24 inch rainbow steel head trout caught on the downstream side of Waterloo Dam.  He further went over the different types of fish caught & more historical pictures of fish caught in the river.  Fishing has improved with the fishway projects.  It will be investigated about promoting on the City Facebook pages for anglers to record their catches, location, size, etc to help promote the river.

Flowering Rush:

Application will be made for a 2017 Monroe County Solid Waste grant ($3,000) for increasing the 2017 spray season and or supplementing the PAC grant tasks if the budget is reduced.

2 grant apps have been submitted (USEPA & NFWF) with the CISMA for multi-year flowering rush sprays.

MDEQ Items:

SPAC meeting is on 3-28-17, Conference is on 3-28-17 & 3-29-17.

With proposed budget cuts & many questions from COTE members it is suggested to contact our local senator / representatives for assistance to mitigate the cuts.

Members Time:

Rafko-suggests discussion at future council meetings occur on proposed GLRI cuts.

Finzel-Doster-none

Micka-EPA federal cuts article handed out & discussed, Discussion on asking for the Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) to take over the AOC since funding is being shifted to the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), ACE is responsible for harbor lines already, Further investigation is being done on WRDA, Handed copies of Monroe News article out on Ed Kane / Ike Owens with trout catch, Wants Jim France activities on SE Michigan to be explored, Access to river a high priority, Handed out a brochure on the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance benefit dinner on 5-20-17, Discussed Indian artifacts found when the lake was blown out on 3-8-17, discussed the gizzard shad fish as a possible indicator fish for delisting.

Owens-would like the bypass channel at Veteran’s Park to be deepened but the design of the channel is to carry approx 9 inches to 12 inches of water at all times, Requests Ed Kane become a COTE member.

Beaudry-After the Home Builder Show on S. Custer an Eagle was spotted flying along the river.

LaRoy-chairman suggestions are encouraged in accordance with the bylaws.

Stefanski-none

Adjournment 8:22 pm motion made by Owens, Seconded by Finzel-Doster