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Lamoine Conservation Commission Minutes May 10, 2006

The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and was televised over closed circuit cable.

Commission members present : Fred Stocking, Carol Korty, Donna Theall, Bob Pulver

Others in attendance: Ken Smith, Mike Garrett, Kathy DeFusco, Jeremiah Graham, Willem Brutsaert

Consideration of Minutes. April 12, 2006 minutes were read, reviewed and accepted with revisions by a vote of 3 to 0. Donna Theall did not vote since she was not present at the April meeting.

Roadside Cleanup Jeremiah has reported all is ready for cleanup on Saturday, May 13th . DOT pickup is Monday. Non-state roads will be picked up by Don Bamman. Jeremiah and Fred agreed to meet at early on Saturday morning so Jeremiah could gain access to the Town Hall.

Get Wet! The school presentation is May 17 th . Bob has made arrangements with Val Perkins to get the school gym set up for the presentation. Bob has reviewed Marti's presentation and made arrangements for A/V equipment. Carol has arranged for the presentation to be taped (broadcast on cable is not possible). Parent permission slips have been sent to allow taping. An article will be published in the Ellsworth American. Basic flow of the presentation will be:

Fred Welcome

Children show what they tested. John Peckenham will come to the school on Monday May 15 th to provide some coaching for the event.

John, Teresa and Carol will talk about the Freshwater Initiative project

Light Refreshments

John Peckenham reported that it was suggested he invite political reps to this event. Carol will compose an email to invite our local representatives. Carol has drafted a letter to thank the school teachers and principals for their participation in the Get Wet project. She will forward the letter to Bob and Fred to have them review/send. Carol spoke with Hancock elementary school teacher, Mr, Haskell, who will also attend.

Freshwater Initiative (FWI) Testing Carol reported that we received the requested grant from NEGEF to perform water level logging. The grant was not in the amount requested ($2500) but, in the amount of $1,500.00. Dick Fennelly (Lamoine Selectman) had mentioned he has information on water level logging machines and Carol will contact him to find out where is the best place to purchase these items. The testing period is 5 to 10 years. Readings will be made once/month by the Mitchell center. A computer attaches to the monitor. The printout is public information. Carol notified, by mail, those families who have agreed to have their wells tested that someone will contact them before the end of May to set up a time to measure the water level in their well . Testing frequency for residential wells is 3 4 times per year for 4 to 5 years. Permission forms were mailed to all 24 families on the list, we may get back more positive responses than the original 9 who have already responded.

Fred said he attended the Maine Coast Heritage Trust conference where he ran into Julie Early of the Island Foundation. She was impressed to learn of our Get Wet project in the schools and upcoming presentation and the funding from NEGEF. Julie said she would visit Lamoine this summer. Fred also spoke to some NEGEF alumni who were surprised that we received money for equipment from NEGEF because this represents a change in past policy. Fred is still working on the aquifer protection ordinance, with assistance from Willem.

Recycling / Waste management Jeremiah attended the MRRA conference and reported that he went to a seminar on municipal composting. The town of Farmington is running a pilot program, where they are composting waste from the University there. They have recovered 11 tons of food. Farmington will market their compost to offset the costs of collecting and managing the program. Household hazardous waste was also a topic. Androscoggin County has an environmental depot to collect HHW. Not clear on what they do with it after they receive it, but they are trying to find ways to make it easier for people to get rid of HHW. October 1 st is the next pickup for Hancock county household hazardous waste. Vouchers are limited, but can be obtained at Town Hall. Ken mentioned that Clean Harbors picks up HHW. Boothbay has purchased an incinerator to burn wood waste and debris. They are breaking even on costs but are beginning to take waste from other areas to offset costs. Recycling subcommittee will meet the week of 5/15. Jeremiah will bring a poster for the transfer station.

Planning Board is meeting with Select Board week of 5/5 to discuss if we can find ways to make developers responsible for a road before any lots are sold in a development.

Land Conservation Initiative - Fred spoke to Jo Cooper about this subject. We need to approach the Select Board for funds for open space before we approach the Budget Committee. Fred called Frenchman's Bay Conservancy who said they'd be happy to meet with LCC to discuss projects that are of high priority. We need a land conservation board. Fred has drafted Land Conservation Guidelines, which we reviewed. Fred discussed cataloging the maps in town hall, Kathy DeFusco has already done that and there is a list of the maps. It's in the map holder. Fred will contact the Parks and Long Range Planning Committees to schedule a joint meeting. Carol mentioned that Mary Ann Orzel has expressed an interest in helping with FWI project. This would allow Carol to move on to other projects, possibly land conservation. Carol will let us know what happens with that.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Donna Theall

Reviewed and accepted by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on June 14, 2006 by a vote of 4 to 0.

/s/ Fred Stocking, Chair