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Comprehensive Plan Planning Committee

Minutes of June 13, 2013

Deputy Town Clerk Stu Marckoon called the meeting to order at 7:16 PM

Present were: Committee members Amy-Lynne Duym, Merle Bragdon, Kathryn Gaianguest, Fred Stocking, Valerie Sprague, Joseph Young Jr.; Administrative Assistant to the Selectmen Stu Marckoon. Committee member Perry Fowler was unable to attend.

Prior to the meeting, members signed their oaths of office. Board members introduced themselves to each other.

Officers Joe nominated Fred Stocking to chair the committee. Merle 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0(Stocking abstained).

Fred took control of the meeting and nominated Kathy Gaianguest as Vice-Chair. Merle 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0 (Gaianguest abstained)

Valerie nominated Stu Marckoon to act as the committee's secretary. Joe 2nd . Vote in favor was 6-0.

Committee Mission Stu provided a brief outline of the committee's mission as being to provide a budget for the Comprehensive Planning process to be presented to the Town Meeting, suggest a committee to the Selectmen, and lay the groundwork for the Comprehensive Planning process. He noted that the current Comprehensive Plan was approved in 1996 and as of December 31, 2012 was considered outdated by the State of Maine.

Fred asked about the contact with the State. Stu said he's spoken to Phil Carey who provided a lot of information via e-mail already. He said he would forward the link to that info to the committee members. Kathy said she had also been in touch with someone working for the state who was involved with the Town of Warren's Comprehensive Plan.

Committee members asked for a copy of the current Comprehensive Plan, and those copies were printed off at the end of the meeting.

Fred noted the budget piece is needed by the end of the calendar year. He said the committee will need information a couple of months before that to get an understanding of what to put in the Comprehensive Plan, and what the town will have to hire to gather info. He said until the committee understands that, it would struggle with a budget. He suggested that the next meeting be dedicated to reviewing the current plan to see what is there and to see what the state requires in a plan. He said a meeting with a representative from the State would be best to occur at the following meeting.

Amy said it would be helpful to get the groundwork going. Val said that made some sense to her. Kathy said that also sounded good and said the state will give a lot of information and financial information. Amy asked if there were examples of other Comprehensive Plans the committee could look to for examples. Fred noted the Town of Trenton recently completed a plan, though it's not necessarily a good comparison town. He said the state helped fund Trenton's plan. Stu said he would check to see if the Town of South Thomaston has a plan as it is very similar to Lamoine, noting that his parents live there.

Fred said it might be difficult to get much done during the summer months, especially with the state, but the committee should try to schedule a meeting with the state fairly soon.

Next Meeting Date(s) The committee agreed to meet at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25th . The availability for the state contact will be checked for a meeting in August, possibly on the 7th , 8th , or 9th or the 22nd or 23rd .

Fred recapped the assignments study the Lamoine plan and the plans from other communities, and that Stu would e-mail the state data recently provided. Kathy asked if the committee wanted to look over the open space report. Fred said it might be a little early for that.

Fred asked Stu if he had any kind of budget estimate. Stu said it cost about $15,000 last time as he recalled, but he came in on the middle of that process.

Merle asked if this would be more an update or a completely new plan. Fred said this committee is not charged with doing the plan that's a question to ask down the road.

There being no further official business, the meeting adjourned at 7:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary