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Minutes - February 4, 2016

Meeting was called to order by Chair Fred Stocking at 6:30 pm.

Present: Bob Christie, Richard McMullen, Valerie Sprague, Kathie Gaianguest; alternates Michael Jordan and Andrea Ames

1. Review of minutes of January 19, 2016:  Valerie reiterated Andrea’s statement recognizing the contribution of David Sanderson to the planning of the upcoming community meeting.  Minutes approved unanimously (Kathie abstained, not present at 1/19 meeting).

2. Review of the agenda:  Fred explained that we would begin reviewing the State Criteria for the Plan, reviewing the questions and analysis sections for each of the required topic areas. Our focus will be on the questions and issues remaining that we need to address, and who will address them.  Public Facilities and Services Review will be the focus this evening.

3. Community meeting—March 19, 2016, update: 

            Andrea led us through the activities for organizing and setting up the gym, and committee members’ commitments. 

            Valerie announced the training for facilitators on March 16, 6:30 pm, in the school gym.  Several suggestions were made for potential additional facilitators to add to our list.  Andrea and Val will contact these persons. 

            The flyer text and places to distribute were discussed.  Valerie will incorporate suggestions for text changes and send out a PDF version of the flyer for final review.  Bob solicited committee members for distributing flyers and announcing the meeting to various community groups, to neighbors, and the larger community.

            Assistance and contributions from community members were clarified.  Planning and attending to final details continues.

4. Review of Public Facilities and Services Criteria:  The Committee discussed what information we have, and what are further information needs, to address the Plan requirements.  The required areas include: location, physical condition, and capacity to meet demands of facilities and service areas; costs of needed capital improvements; specific information related to: sewer/water supply, septage, solid waste, storm water management, power and communications, emergency response system, education, health care, municipal government—administrative, enforcement (e.g.,CEO), public works.  It was decided to discuss the “Analysis” section at the next meeting.  A summary of general questions arising from the discussion that feed into the analysis section include: Is Lamoine prepared for the kind of energy mix that may be possible in the future (wind, water, natural gas, solar)?  Does the Town need to prepare for increased severe weather events? What can be done to attract a younger population, as the current population is aging (effects on age of volunteer fire department, school, emergency services)?  What communication needs, if any, does the Town need to address? What are the anticipated changes in facility needs in the next 15-20 years? 

Next meetings: February 18, 2016, 6:30 – Town Hall; March 3, 2016, 6:30 pm, Town Hall.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10.

Respectfully submitted:  Kathryn Gaianguest