Johnson County Green Party Business Meeting
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Uptown Bill's Small Mall

I. Kevin Owens presented a list of current vacancies on Johnson County Boards and Commissions. Members are encouraged to think about applying for these positions, as it's an excellent way to gain experience and knowledge of local government. Currently, there are vacancies on the Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Animal Care and Adoption Board, and the Housing and Community Deveopment Commmission. He will forward the list to the Johnson County Green Party e-mail list.

Johnson County Green Party Treasurer Kelley Putman, currently on the county Soil and Water Board, ecncourages Greens to run for that board and the Agricultural Extension - "more greenies" would be good to have. The next election will have 2 out of 5 seats open on the Soil and Water Board; 5 out of 9 Agricultural Extension seats open. It takes 25 signatures to file as a candidate. The filing period is August 7th - 30th, 2006.

II. Holly Hart reported back on Ted Glick's response to our invitation to present a talk on Global Climate Change. Ted Glick is the national coordinator for "USA join the world," and organized mass demonstrations at the recent Climate Conference held in Montreal. He mentioned an interest in speaking on campuses and the possibility of coming to Iowa City or the region in"early spring." We discussed whether the time around Earth Day would be a possibility.

III. We discussed interest in a state meeting (which should occur at least every two years). Members will propose hosting a gathering, possibly to coincide with a visit by Ted Glick if the timing and logistics work out.

IV. Resolutions and requests for major party caucuses: Ed Fallon, seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor, and Denise O'Brien, seeking the Democratic nomination for Secretary of Agirculture, have asked for Green support, for those who may attend Democratic caucuses. Fallon has supproted the Green/Libertarian legislative effort to expand abllot status for third parties, and is a strong proponent of IRV. O'Brien has worked with Greens in other states to promote sustainable agriculture.

Jerry Depew, of Laurens, IA, has also written a resolution as an effort toward a legislative mandate that all voting equipment in Iowa include a Voter Verifed Auditable Paper Ballot. Karen Kubby has posted a resolution concerning reproductive rights. Holly will forward the resolutions to the Johnson County Green Party e-mail list.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m., Location Uptown Bill's Small Mall

Holly Hart
Secretary, Johnson County Green Party