PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg City Commission approved the creation of a Sustainability Advisory Committee during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Along with the approval of the committee itself, the commission is set to determine its membership, duties and functions.
“This is something I have been thinking about for a little while,” Mayor Jeremy Johnson said. “I had brought it up during the State of the City address and I told City Manager Daron Hall that I wanted to see it happen.”
The mayor discussed the need to keep up with the times and have some kind of feedback mechanism in place.
“Being able to look at what it is we are doing and determine whether this is the most efficient or sustainable way of doing things is pretty important,” Johnson said. “Such a thing is about giving citizens an opportunity to provide input into that process and really take a look at all the ways this city’s operations could be touched by that.”
According to Johnson, this committee will encompass a variety of facets within the community.
“This is reflected in the ordinance it touches on and everything from building design to energy to land use to farming and agriculture to all kinds of different things,” he said. “It poses the possibility of really providing a lot of opportunities and an opportunity for reflection for us that maybe we didn’t have in place already.”
Commissioner Patrick O’Bryan acknowledged the committee’s potential to serve as an information tool for various departments.
“The process was kind of fun because when we heard Johnson’s speech we were all like ‘there goes the mayor,’ but then we really researched it and brought in great examples,” Hall said. “I just want people to know there’s been a lot of research, and as we deal with the city, we steal a lot of good ideas from other communities who are already doing it right.”
Hall described Tuesday’s approval as a good starting point.
“Obviously, on the staff side, we are comfortable with it,” the city manager said. “These are all things that we are constantly challenged with anyway, so always having smart people in the community with time on their hands and who are willing to look at these things and steer us in the right direction is always useful.”
— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.