The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES November 8, 2018 7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Conference Room

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

Richard Micka

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent:            Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Excused:          Dan Stefanski

Guests:            Melanie Foose, MDNR (OGL)

Butch Uhl-Citizen

Katie Goplerud-Smith, RR Watershed Coordinator

Approval of agenda for meeting – Motion by Felder, Seconded by Owens, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from October 11, 2018 meeting – Motion by Felder, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

2018 PAC Support Grant: The revised FSR is needed to complete the quarterly report from the MDNR.  Discussed the tasks:

  • Media Outreach-subcommittee formed & conference called on 10-19-18 to discuss completion of last 2 grant tasks (portable banners & media outreach). Series ideas o outreach task discussed based, will be based on field guide & other developed outreach with updated information on the Raisin AOC.  Other ideas include, projects completed, activities, water trails, story map, legacy website, recreation, fishing, biking, MS4 stormwater, etc.  Late January 2019 the series is expected to be available.  MDNR approval was granted to have the series start at the end of the grant period ( Feb 2019) and carry over for 1 month per the Monroe News schedule, as long as the cost is invoiced before the end of the grant period.
  • Website-ongoing maintenance & updating
  • Portable Banners-to be retractable & purchase up to 2. Subcommittee working to use outreach info to be developed and will incorporate into the banners.  Egen provided a mock up example to the COTE for discussion.
  • Documentary Short Style PSA-interviews went very well (Dan Stefanski, Dick Micka, Michelle Seltzer, Jon Allan & Marc Tuchman-scheduled for 11-29-18). Filming done, budget may allow for some winter footage, editing ongoing, & will be complete on schedule.  Federal, state, local & citizens interviews and input obtained with this PSA.

MDNR Items: SPAC meeting 11-28-18 ~ 11-29-18.  1 member from each PAC paid for, Micka & Egen to attend.  Multi-day meeting with EPA scheduled week of 11-12-18, will discuss monitoring, bird studies, etc.  Dr Grasman to be on sabbatical and will focus on research more.

Members Time:



Kane-PFAS question, discussion occurred, Melanie Foose (MDNR) indicated it will not be an AOC related issue.

Micka-Discussed SEMCOG Water Resource Plan-web link to be sent to COTE.  Suggested having SPAC mtg at City Hall with RR tour & potential other corporation tours-TBD for possible Fall 2019.

Beaudry – None.

LaRoy – Completed a Great Lakes Coastal Assembly – Coast Wetland Ecosystem Assessment online

Egen-Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Citizen Comments: Katie Goplerud-Smith mentioned: RR Watershed Council – Discover the Raisin (3rd-7th grade) project opportunity, $200 awarded to classrooms who win, weblink to be sent to COTE.  Completed project with an Eagle Scout putting mile markers (0.5 mile increments) along the Raisin to be used for locating people with rescues, maintenance, etc.  Farmer Led Conservation Group meeting to be held at the Old Mill in Dundee on 12-6-18, 9am to 1pm.

Adjournment: 8:04 pm a motion made by Felder, Seconded by Kane to officially end the meeting.