Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The City of Nichols Hills

Minutes of the Nichols Hills Environment,

Health and Sustainability Commission

January 25, 2012



Original Agenda Filed in the Office of the Municipal Clerk at 2 p.m. on the 19th   day of January, 2012.

Nancy Herzel, Chairman                                                                                Mary Frates

Pat Schonwald                                                                                                   Carlene Burger

Mary Ellen Ternes                                                                                           Peg Malloy

Marty Smith                                                                                                       Lucy Covington 

David Poole, City Manager                                                                            Randy Smith, Public Works Dir 

Kristi Hort, City Clerk, Fin Director


1.      Call to Order


Chairman Herzel called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. 


2.      Roll Call


            Acknowledgement was made by Chairman Herzel that she along with Pat Schonwald, Peg Malloy, Lucy Covington, Marty Smith and Carlene Burger were present. The following members were absent: Mary Ellen Ternes and Mary Frates.


3.      Approval of Minutes:


a.      Meeting – December 14, 2011


APPROVED:  MOTION to approve the minutes was moved by Malloy, seconded by Schonwald.  AYES: Herzel, Malloy, Schonwald, Covington, Smith and Burger. NAYES: none.


4.      Discussion, Consideration and Possible Action regarding recycling.


Chairman Herzel addressed questions of residents in attendance at this meeting, as well as, inquiries from residents, regarding the changes in recycling in Nichols Hills.


5.      Discussion, Consideration, & Possible Action regarding hazardous & E-waste collection day.


Chairman Herzel updated the commission on the Nichols Hills City Council’s approval to hold a household hazardous was in connection with Earth Day in April.  Herzel encouraged all commission members to volunteer for the hazardous waste project and reduce the cost of the project.  Training for volunteers will begin early that morning.



6.      Discussion, Consideration, & Possible Action regarding Earth Day 2012.


Chairman Herzel advised the 2012 Earth Day will be a one day event.



7.      Discussion, Consideration, & Possible Action regarding reduce, reuse, recycle articles.


Commission members discussed avenues of encouraging residents to “reduce and reuse” then recycle. 



8.      Announcements.


Mary Ellen’s articles are now on the website and up to date.  The latest article is regarding “grey water”.  Norman has passed an ordinance and Edmond is considering it.  Commission members agreed they would like to consider that option in Nichols Hills.


City of Norman recently passed an ordinance eliminating smoking in the park.  Nichols Hills Parks, Inc. has requested the EHS commission to research the possibilities of such an ordinance for our community.


Marty Smith brought a bag of “recycled glass” she purchased at a locate retail store.  The recycled glass was “made in China”.  Commission members discussed the cost associated with packaging and transported this recycled glass compared to the cost recycling for communities.  The misconception to consumers for purchasing such items to be a “green” consumer versus the carbon footprint associated with shipping such items 8,000 miles.


9.      Adjournment


APPROVED:  MOTION to adjourn was moved by Burger, seconded by Malloy.  AYES: Herzel, Burger, Malloy, Schonwald, Covington and Smith. NAYES: none







Nancy Herzel               

Nancy Herzel, Chairman






Kristi Hort                       David Poole                       

Kristi Hort, City Clerk    David Poole, City Manager



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