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Conservation Commission
8/11/04
Minutes

Present: Carol Korty, Tom Spruce, Fred Stocking, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Donna Theall.
Attendees: Nancy Pochan, John and Susan Wuorinen, Ken Smith


The meeting began at 5:32.

1. Review of Agenda – No changes as printed.

2. Review of Appointments to Commission – Since Carol Korty’s term had expired, her nomination of Fred Stocking as Chair was invalid. Carol has since been sworn in by Stu Marckoon, and is a member of the Conservation Commission. Fred Stocking was nominated as Chair of the Conservation Commission, seconded and approved. Nomination of the officers was duly ratified.

3. Listening to the concerns and comments of those attending – Susan Wuorinen said that she had run into Michael Goode, biologist and bird person, who said that Lamoine’s wetlands were very important to the migratory birds on MDI. He is a year round resident of MDI, and Susan asked if we might be interested in having him speak to the Commission. Fred said he knew him and would inquire about his availability for the December 8th meeting. Carol Korty asked if the Commission wanted to continue alternating work sessions with presentations. The opinion was that this worked.

4. Planning Board and Selectfolk Concerns – Carol attended the meeting and mentioned that there are 4 development proposals. The number and speed with which they have arrived before the Planning Board indicates a concern with the possible moratorium on development. There had also been discussion on the MacQuinn application for gravel extraction. Can we ask MacQuinn to wait until the Cold Spring wellhead study is completed? It was pointed out that MacQuinn must renew his application every three years, and that if there are problems with the site, the Planning Board can deny a renewal of subsequent three year permits. If there is a time urgent issue, the DEP can be called in to help resolve the situation.

John Wuorinen said that there is a Town ordinance that says the Planning Board has the responsibility to maintain safe drinking water for the Town. The Chair indicated that it is important to obtain the data. Carol mentioned that a public hearing will be held on August 31st.

5. Status of Aquifer Research Funding - John Peckenham of the Mitchell Center is on vacation for the next two weeks. Master’s student, Teresa Thornton, will be starting in mid- to late August. Dexter Bellows of Hancock, and Michele Gagnon of Ellsworth, are ready to start looking for volunteers. Both towns are enthusiastic about the project. Regarding the volunteers, John Peckenham gave Carol a list of tasks that need to be done, and we should start the process of finding appropriate volunteers. We will need to talk with Teresa to learn what procedure to follow in getting information gathered by volunteers to her.

SURDNA will not deal with the Conservation Commission because we are not a 501(c); however, the Mitchell Center is. Peckenham will send them a letter of inquiry when he returns.

A working meeting to go over grants and money matches will be held on August 30 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members are expected to attend.

6. Report on Latona Spring Preservation Effort – Dr. Judith Whitcomb, part owner of the land Latona Spring sits on, does not want to give over her share of the land, nor is she concerned about liability issues. She has asked Carol to give her more information on the legalities of liability and state requirements. Her sister, Katherine Dudzinsky, is very concerned about contamination of the spring and the potential liability. Fred strongly suggests that we let the family work out their disagreements and come to us once they have decided a course of action. We agreed that Carol should communicate this decision to the sisters.

7. Recycling Subcommittee – Nancy Pochan has volunteered to be on the subcommittee. We will call for volunteers with a notice on TV and a poster at the transfer station. Lynda TW volunteered to do a poster.

8. Canopy Project, Water Quality Coalition and other potential projects – Recommended that we set aside the Canopy Project for now and revisit it in January. Maybe look for school and Arbor Day links. Carol spoke with Jane Disney of the MDI Water Quality Coalition, and spoke with Val Perkins, Principal of the Lamoine Consolidated School. Jane Disney may have someone who could supervise volunteers doing the water sampling. Needs further investigation. Raymonde Dumont has offered to be the liaison with the school and the Commission.

9. Planning for Next Meetings - The next meeting is September 8.

10. The meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.

Reviewed and accepted by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on Wednesday, September 8, 2004, by a vote of ____________________.



Fred Stocking, Chair