Lexington’s Environmental Commission seeks some by-law changes

WEKU | By Stu Johnson

For the first time since 1989 a revision in the Lexington Environmental Commission’s by-laws is in the works. The community-based Commission’s chair Grace Leppert Downey made her case before Council members last week. Downey said one change being sought would have a Council rep serve on the Environmental Commission.

“The biggest way to make sure that we can inform and advise the Council is if we’re able to speak to them directly. And the best way to do that is to have one of the Council members as a member of our Commission,” said Leppert Downey.

Leppert Downey says her group is also seeking to set the number of members at 25. Currently the by-laws call for a Commission of not more than 40 nor less than 20.

As far as agenda items, the chair of the Environmental Commission said single-use plastics is a priority issue.

“Without speaking directly for too many people, we really just want to educate people on the impact of using single-use plastics as opposed to something that is reusable or avoiding plastics altogether,” said Leppert Downey.

The Lexington Council is expected to take up the proposed changes in 2024.

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