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Green Practices Commission <br />6801 Delmar Boulevard, University City, Missouri 63130, Phone: (314) 862-6767, Fax: (314) 863-9146 <br /> <br />Meeting Minutes – University City Green Practices Commission <br />May 12, 2016 Location: Heman Park Community Center <br />Attendees Present: Dianne Benjamin, Bob Elgin, Jeff Mishkin, Scott Eidson, Lois Sechrist, <br />Jenny Wendt (Staff Liaison) <br />Absent: Richard Juang, Tim Michels <br /> <br /> 1. Meeting called to Order, Roll Call at 6:12 p.m. <br /> <br />2. Opening Round a) Dianne attended a University City Citizen Volunteer Corps Meeting. A new action group, <br />“Lions against Litter” will be performing cleanups around the City. They will meet at <br />parks, almost every Saturday. They will begin in the 3rd Ward and the Olive Business District. <br />b) Lois attended the St. Louis Regional Chamber Green Business Challenge meeting. There was focus on biodiversity, specifically bat surveys and bird strikes. The Missouri Botanical Garden has a new program, BiodiverseCity, which recognizes the region’s <br />reliance on biodiversity. University City should consider taking the BiodiverseCity Pledge. <br />c) Jenny discussed the Electronics Recycling Event on May 7th. EPC, the vendor collecting <br />the materials, did not anticipate the volume of electronics that would come in from this event. d) Jenny also requested discussion of the weed ordinance to be added to the agenda. <br />e) Steve Kraft indicated that this was his last meeting with the GPC. He complimented the group for being engaging, effective, and well-run. <br /> <br />3. Approval of Minutes a) April 14, 2016 Meeting Minutes were approved with two revisions. <br /> <br />4. Special Presentations a) None <br /> 5. New Business a) Wash U Ackert Walkway/Greenway South proposed changes – the proposed changes <br />include widening the bridge and adding an element to slow down cyclist and skateboarders. In addition, greenspace below the bridge will replace the concrete which <br />is currently present. LED lighting will also be added. Approximately 20 trees will be <br />removed, but 55 trees will be added by the end of the project. Jenny will ask the following questions to Cheryl Adelstein of Washington University: <br />• What types of trees will be added? <br />• What will be planted in the greenspace, possibly natives/low maintenance <br />plantings? <br />• Will there be a detailed commission presentation? <br />b) Weed Ordinance – there has been a suggestion to add verbiage to the ordinance. The <br />current ordinance states: [occupants shall keep] the lot, land or premises free from such noxious weeds and vegetation… <br />It was suggested to include “invasive plants and nuisance plants” in addition to “noxious weeds”. This addition was suggested to make it conducive to the City meeting the Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) regulations which include the <br />