Lauderdale launches Environment Commission

By Anne Holzman

Lauderdale has created a new city commission for environmental concerns and is seeking applicants this summer.

         The city council adopted the ordinance creating the Environment and Sustainability Commission at its May 14 meeting after a brief public hearing at which no one asked to speak. The vote was 4-0 with council member Sharon Kelly absent.

         According to the published notice, “The purpose of the commission is to promote awareness of environmental and sustainability issues among the public and serve as a resource for the city council and city staff regarding conservation and the management of energy and the environment.”

         The city will accept applications in July, with a tentative goal of having the new commission convene for the first time in September.

         Initially, the city council will appoint five members for staggered terms of one, two and three years; four must be Lauderdale residents and the fifth can be a non-resident who owns property in the city. Once the rotation of members is established, all will serve two-year terms. There will also be a seat for a non-voting youth member.

         At its May 28 meeting, the council discussed goals for 2025 as a preliminary step toward setting up next year’s budget. Included were three topics for the new environment commission: solid waste collection, land use around Walsh Lake and the possibility of adding edible plantings such as fruit trees on city land.

         Lauderdale currently has no other standing committees in city government.

Anne Holzman is a Twin Cities freelance writer covering Falcon Heights and Lauderdale government news.

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