The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES December 12, 2019 7:00 pm, 1st Floor Conference Room

Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.
Richard Micka
Dan Stefanski (via Phone)
Milward Beaudry
Brian Egen
Andrew Felder (7:02 PM)
Ed Kane
Butch Uhl
Barry LaRoy
Guests: Emmaline Felder

Approval of Agenda – Motion by Kane, Seconded by Felder, motion passed, Stefanski abstained.

Approval of minutes from October 10, 2019 meeting – Motion by Beaudry, Seconded by Kane, motion passed, Stefanski abstained.

2019 PAC Grant: Grant document released 12-10-19. Document is not competitive, no match required, timeframe to complete the projects is March 31, 2022, no deadline to submit. Letter of Support from PAC is required with similar project task grant proposal language in the past is fine. Funding range can’t exceed $75K over the grant timeframe, no more than $35K/year, minimum grant amount is $5K. COTE brainstormed ideas including: a boat for outreach functions, possible boat donation from Cabelas with funding to overlay it for COTE; update / print Raisin posters, update & mesh home owner guide with field guide & print; Speaker(s) event within City Council chambers for partnership building; sticker program for RR Legacy including printing them; maintaining website; develop a mascot for COTE (i.e. Richard G. Muskrat or sturgeon); State Historic Marker, placemats, citizen scientist option, discussed partnering with the DDA on potential projects including decorative guardrails. Mill Race Park discussed but determined to be more recreation related. Chairman Egen assigned a task for each member to come back with at least 1 item for discussion at the next meeting.

COTE Ordinance: Reviewed & discussed the COTE ordinance. COTE to discuss at next meeting on potential language change for recommendation to City Council on amending.

Future Topic Items: Discussed this item that will be placed on the agenda going forward. The item is for COTE members to bring items of potential

COTE input and or action, to record into the minutes, vetting and discussion for COTE to decide whether to take on as a COTE task in relation to the COTE responsibilities. Logistics on how to implement related scenarios were discussed.

EGLE Items:
Port of Monroe Landfill and Army Corp of Engineers Navigational Dredging discussed via
email from EGLE. Also discussed the old Revere Copper and Brass site seawall collapse
that occurred in November 2019.

Members Time:
Kane-question on how to go about reporting dumping in his neighborhood into rear yard
drainage structures. Discussed taking pictures and reporting to Environmental Health, Drain
Commission and Monroe Township.
Kane-Noted picture in Monroe News of a young man (Vincent Sanders) who caught a 40” salmon
while on a trip to Manistee, his favorite place to fish is in Monroe on the Riverwalk.
Stefanski–Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
LaRoy–discussed meeting at SEMCOG with Michele Selzer & Adaptive Management Approach
plan that will be sent to COTE for input in 2020.
Egen-State of OH is spending funds (appropriations) on addressing HAB in Lake Erie, OH has
changed their laws & are now appropriating funding. Suggest MI consider the same approach
for municipal action. Noted that election for Chairman of COTE is open if any COTE member is
interested. After discussion a motion was made by Micka, supported by Kane to nominate Brian
Egen to be Chairman of COTE, Stefanski abstained.
Citizen Comments: none

Adjournment: 8:30 pm a motion made by Felder, Seconded by Kane to officially end the meeting,
Stefanski abstained.