606 Douglas Highway
Lamoine, Me 04605
Minutes of the Meeting of November 12, 2003

The meeting started at 7:10 p.m.

Commission members present :
Fred Stocking (chair), Nancy Pochan, Donna Theall, Carol Korty, Raymonde Dumont (secretary).
Associate members present: Joan Bragdon

Others Attending : Ken Smith.

Presentation of map cases: Paul Mitchell and his parents brought in a set of finished Plexiglas map cases, with wooden easel, which Paul and other Boy Scouts constructed as part of Paul’s Eagle Scout project. A canvas bag for the cases was also sewn by Debbie Pickard of Asa’s Lane in Lamoine.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting : Minutes of September and October were read and approved by a vote of 5-0.

Concerns of the Planning Board: Another subdivision application came up for review and was deferred. This project would involve building on otherwise undevelopable land, by pumping sewage up from six low-lying lots to a series of septic systems clustered along the road. This raises questions about how to interpret ordinance criteria for building lot, namely when is it acceptable to displace requirements (such as septic, in this case) to a separate lot. It also raises possibilities for a precedent, which could have broader ramifications. It was agreed that the Conservation Commission would schedule an additional work session to address these issues on November 25. At that time, LCC will consider making a recommendation to the Planning Board, and determine whether the LCC should – and has the resources to – make itself available to research specific points raised by future permit applications, if these have the potential for environmental implications.

Review of the Panel on Development held in October, focused on the issue of costs incurred by the town by the rise in development, and the fees to cover them. Carol Korty has researched the fee structures of other towns. Like the costs of permit review, the number of hours a Code Enforcement Officer is needed is also connected to the increased pressure of development. Both topics will be further explored at the work meeting of November 25.

As further follow-up to the panel, Fred brought a copy of the article by Megan Moshier of the Ellsworth American. Donna agreed to pursue forming better contacts with the press for future events. Rae reported having had no luck with telephone contacts so far.

Finally, the Bar Harbor experience highlights the importance of pursuing our quest for data about the aquifer, and the impact development can be expected to have on it. Rae learned that there are no EPSCOR awards available at this time, but was given the name of Steve Kahl at the Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research at UMO. Carol Korty will be absent until February, so Rae agreed to pursue the possibility in the meantime. Carol will provide her with the materials initially compiled for Peter Garrett.

The procedure to be used when a property becomes available for a conservation effort :
It was agreed that we should only become involved if asked. Once involved, the Habitat maps become a key tool. We could walk a property, gather as much information as possible, and correlate all available habitat information with the details of the land use plan.

Forestry: Donna has information on the application process, and a contact, for grants from Project Canopy. The maximum grant is $10,000, half of which must be matched by the town. Community education and a project will need to be addressed. Donna and Nancy will work out more of the details.

Future Programs and Topics : Fred proposed a discussion of GIS mapping by his law partner Jim Crotteeau, in January.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Raymonde Dumont
Lamoine Conservation Commission