The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES March 8, 2018 7:00 pm

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 call in number 734-322-4370, access code 0498650)

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Excused:          Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Guests:            Melanie Foose, MDNR

Coffee provided for the COTE.

Approval of minutes from February 8, 2018 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Micka, motion passed.

PAC Grant 2017: Reviewed and discussed revisions to the River Raisin AOC GIS StoryMap.  Revisions made by consultants (RitterGIS and Winter Apple Photography) for the GIS interface and pictures for each item listed.  StoryMap scheduled to be done by end of April/May.  Egen presented a revised PSA script (V3) information, COTE discussed the PSA task budget ($300) and how it would be used.  The radio PSA does not have a cost with MPACT, $50 will be used for a music purchase and the balance will be used for the video PSA to be worked on before the end of the grant period.  The Media Outreach task package is scheduled to be done in June 2018 to comprehensively include all PAC support grant tasks, promote the AOC, projects completed and advertise for the 2018 river cleanup.  Drone Video – a requisition to award to Seventy7 Productions was entered.  Discussed work, details, logistics that are scheduled to be completed in May/June – before media package so as to promote all tasks and proposed 2018 river cleanup.

2018 Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program (VRSCCP) Grant application: Discussed grant RFP & plan that was submitted Feb 12, 2018.  Will find out if we are awarded a grant likely in April 2018.  Other groups to aid in completing the cleanup by section including Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Adopt-A-River section discussed.  First aid and DPS staffing will be needed.  Coordination / promotion efforts at 2018 Fish Derby will be investigated with City Parks & Rec, June 9th is scheduled day.

2018 PAC Support Grant application: Notice has been provided by our MDNR AOC Coordinator that an RFP will be coming soon.  RFP timeframe will be fast turn around, likely a week or so.  Grant will be from 4-1-18 ~ 2-28-19.  COTE discussed several tasks options in great length with the following results:

  • Advertise program as an accomplishment series – incorporate what’s next and get public support for river use/maintenance
  • RR Watershed staff time or local effort to promote programs
  • Partner with RR Institute / IHM (Sister’s Island) on educational outreach
  • Mussel Survey – wait for 10 yr period after projects completed, 6 more to go.
  • Fish app – app for smartphone to log location, picture, specifics on type of fish caught, length, weight, etc details in an effort to aid in determining benefits of fish passage structures
  • State Historical Marker
  • Guest Speaker
  • Documentary
  • Portable banners (pull up)
  • River Cleanup
  • Fair booth / fish shows – hand out RR AOC info, field guides, etc
  • Community Foundation advertisement

Motion was made by Micka, seconded by Kane for COTE to explore / develop a scope / proposal for the 2018 PAC Support grant, motion passed.

Other grant opportunities: Monroe County Solid Waste fund and other programs discussed.  Motion made by Stefanski, seconded by Felder for COTE to explore all avenues & programs on the books be investigated to be used for COTE initiatives, motion passed.

MDNR Items: 2018 PAC Support grant RFP short timeline; AOC Conference May 2018 – Micka funding request / carpooling discussed; U of M (Dr. Sealbach) – PAC work with MDNR, Master’s students talking to PACS – Raisin included, 18 month timeframe – engage students, discussing infrastructure & reduced sewer overflows – Stefanski clarified with the brown trout run.

Members Time:

Kane – none

Felder – none

Beaudry – none

Stefanski – none

LaRoy – none

Micka – several handouts provided to COTE, discussed them, has his people working on several initiatives.

Adjournment: 9:25 pm a motion made by Felder, Seconded by Micka to officially end the meeting.