On the agenda…
- Accepting a USDA grant for the city’s food waste collection program.
A special meeting of the Fayetteville City Council began at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. It is lived streamed on the city’s YouTube channel, and held virtually on the Zoom app due to social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listed below is the item up for approval and a link to the PDF document with detailed information about the item.
Present: Sonia Gutierrez, Sarah Marsh, Matthew Petty, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Sloan Scroggin, Sarah Bunch, Teresa Turk, Kyle Smith
1. United States Department of Agriculture Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Program (Details)
A resolution to authorize the mayor to sign a grant agreement accepting a matching grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Program in the amount of $73,870.00 to expand the city’s food waste collection program, and to approve a budget adjustment.
– Pass 8-0
The council in June passed a resolution requesting staff to apply for this grant to help expand the city’s food waste collection program.
The money would help launch a food waste recovery trailer to collect food waste from residents at the Farmers’ Market and other community events and festivals. It would also provide funding for a compost educator position for a period of two years to interact with the public and provide information, instruction, and advice to residents on why and how organics composting is important and easy to do. The two-year position will be contracted through a third-party contract agreement with the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District.
Peter Nierengarten, the city’s environmental director, said the city didn’t get the paperwork needed for this grant until Sept. 15, and that it must be submitted by tomorrow (Sept. 30) in order to secure the funding. That’s why this special meeting was called instead of adding this item to the next meeting.
Nierengarten said the trailer should be up and running by the end of the year.
There was no public comment.
The council voted unanimously to pass the resolution.
This meeting was adjourned at 4:47 p.m.