The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES October 11, 2018 7:00 pm, 3rd 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.

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent:            Isaac Owens

Guests:            Bill Doster-Citizen

Melanie Foose, MDNR (OGL)

Butch Uhl-Citizen

Approval of agenda for meeting with amending the meeting minutes date to be September 13, 2018 – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from September 13, 2018 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.

2018 Flowering Rush Spray-2018 spray work is part of USFWS 2-year grant with the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area, permit amended to include river up to Cranbrook Blvd.  The 2018 spray was completed on October 3, 2018.  Waiting for a map of the spray areas from Aquaweed to give to our GIS consultant to map & provide a shapefile as part of the grant obligations.

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

  • Media Outreach-subcommittee to be formed along with City staff to put together a series of outreach documents on the Raisin AOC, projects completed, activities, etc. May want to offer outreach to be included in City Newsletter or Parks & Rec newsletter
  • Website-ongoing maintenance & updating
  • State Historic Marker-due to timing this task was eliminated and funding reallocated to outreach and documentary PSA. No funds were expended to date other that voluntary time by Chairman Egen
  • Portable Banners-to be retractable & purchase up to 2. City staff will be working along with subcommittee to develop the graphics/wording/purchase
  • Documentary Short Style PSA-interviews went very well (Dan Stefanski, Dick Micka, Michelle Seltzer, & Jon Allan), filming went well on river including kayaks, fisherman & using drones, one more filming of fall colors is planned, then editing, & will complete. Plan is to consider shopping the PSA to PBS and or use for extending it with a future AOC grant.  PSA may be up to 5 minutes+/-

MDNR Items: OGL audit-programmatic related held / ongoing.  Complete the survey if received, results to be shared.  November will be meeting with EPA for updates on Raisin AOC, will need to wait on Raisin AOC monitoring results to consider benthos BUI removal, Consumption BUI may be 2-4 years & deformities BUI ~4 years or so – need to wait on results, New GLRI US website, various habitat AOC projects discussed.  Discussed City of Monroe & Huron-to-Erie Corridor blue-green algae real-time equipment replacement with state grant administered via SEMCOG – showed live website to group for water operators.

Members Time:

Kane-None.

Micka-Discussed over Plum Creek Bay meeting, Port Inner Modal cargo line, I-75 corridor wetland mitigation, Port wetland work, Access to Recreation-Heritage Trail rehab work, Mill Race Park suggestion potential theme park use, and SE MI Resilience – ArcorMittal-Erb Foundation/Wilson Foundation funded projects

Felder – Discussed commission cards & commission appreciation dinners were asked of Mayor & Council, reminder to vote in November election, will review/bring a list of ordinances to review for COTE to consider recommending amendments to City Administration/Council.

Finzel-Doster-None.

Stefanski – Will be at November COTE meeting and then will be in Florida & will call in for COTE mtg/available via email & phone.

Beaudry – None.

LaRoy – discussed scuba diving of the River Raisin request, Erb Foundation RFP.

Egen-went & assisted with the Sterling State Park cleanup with RR Institute, AOC audit-all COTE members are part of the PAC-nested by the ordinance, issued COTE business cards, showed pictures of 23 egrets on FP4 near his backyard.

Citizen Comments: None.

Adjournment: 8:01 pm a motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Felder to officially end the meeting.