Protecting the environment took center stage Wednesday as Jackson’s new Environmental Commission held its first meeting.
Commissioners and people who attended the meeting say they’re excited the City of Jackson is taking action to protect the environment.
Since this was their first meeting, commissioners took time to introduce themselves, and then elect officers. The newly-elected chairman, Kevin Lund, says tonight was also a good opportunity to listen to people’s concerns.
“Any first meeting is an opportunity for people to learn about who’s participating in the commission and get more information from the community about what they’d like the commission to do,“ Lund said.
Many people who came out shared a concern that many people in Michigan share: Water. Specifically, PFAS that were found at the old Michner Plating plant on Mechanic Street. While the state Department of Environmental Quality tested the drinking water in Jackson and determined it’s safe, people want to make sure it stays that way.
Residents also talked about planting more trees throughout the city. They added they’re glad to see people are passionate about protecting their environment.
“I think the important takeaway is that there’s some energy in the community that’s interested in our environment,“ Peter Bormuth said. “There’s some energy locally where people care about climate change.“
The commission did not set a date for its next meeting, but Jackson Public Information Officer Aaron Dimick says the commission will meet monthly.