Springfield Environmental Commission Meeting: Hoping for an Apiary and Need to Fill Two Vacancies

Environmental Commission members with tee shirts, (l-r) Betzabe Blondet, Allyson Miller, Denise Devone and Kristen Labazzo Credits: Chip Dickson
Project Medicine DROPX poster Credits: Environmental Commission

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Environmental Commission's most recent meeting started with just enough members for a quorum.  The demands on existing board members recently increased because a second vacancy created by the resignation of Tara Benigno resigned.  Her resignation was also recorded at Monday’s Township Committee Meeting.  Members of the board discussed possible new members.

Moving to other business, Allyson Miller, Chair of the Environmental Commission, said she is hopeful that an apiary will be put in place next spring.  An apiary is the bee version on an aviary.  She said a location for the apiary had been identified and that she planned to meet with Township Administrator Ziad Shehady to discuss the matter and hopefully, move things forward and get approval.  Part of moving forward involves financing and Miller hopes to get a grant, but is willing to put the apiary in place without one.

A beekeeper herself, Miller discussed some of the benefits of an apiary.  She highlighted sustainability, the educational opportunities and community outreach.  Miller said, “The hives can be used to teach the kids.  It is a great opportunity to show people that bees are not scary.” 

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On another matter, there remain lots of tee shirts that were not picked up from Clean Communities Day.  They are available to members of the Springfield community and the remainder will be handed out during the Environmental Commission’s Fall Festival.

Springfield’s Community Garden is doing very well.  All the lots are taken and it was reported there has been very good participation from citizens of the Township.

Also discussed was the effort to increase awareness of the “Project Medicine DROPX” program.  Program posters have been distributed to many local pharmacies and other locations.  Drop-off can be done at the Springfield Police Department, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.  Items accepted include pills, patches, pet medications, securely packaged liquids, inhalers, vitamins, unopened Epi pens, and narcotics.  Not accepted are syringes, lancets, needles, thermometers and IV bags.

A summary of the last Planning Board meeting was given by Kristen Labazzo.

The next Environmental Commission Meeting will be in September.  The Board agreed to cancel the August meeting.

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