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Lamoine Conservation Commission Minutes June 14, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM .

Present: Donna Theall, Carol Korty, Fred Stocking, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, and alternates Bob Pulver and Donna Thorburn. Absent: Tom Spruce.

Attending: Members of the public: Don Bamman, Kathy DeFusco, Michael Garrett, Lucia Michielli, Ken Smith.

The meeting was transmitted via closed-circuit cable by Merle Bragdon of Lamoine.

1.  Consideration of Minutes - Donna Theall read the minutes of the May 10, 2006 meeting. After some minor revisions, they were voted on, seconded and approved by a vote of 4 to 0.

2. Review/critique of Roadside Clean-up 2006 – Don Bamman said that all went well overall. 38 people showed up. Opinion expressed one-third more helpers would be ideal. The date was considered good - cool and not buggy. Bob Pulver took pictures, which he gave to Stu Marckoon. Fred Stocking, who cleaned up along Rte. 204 behind the Lamoine General Store, found dozens of lottery tickets.

LTW will write a letter to the Selectmen requesting funds to install two “Thank You for Not Littering” signs, one at Mud Creek Road and another near the Lamoine General Store. Fred suggested she contact Road Commissioner (Dennis Ford) who may have funds in his budget for this purpose. A question came up about putting the signs on existing posts. Lynda will inquire.

3. Freshwater Initiative Update: Get Wet (Bob Pulver) - Bob said that all but $4 of the grant had been disbursed. Marti Dayton emailed him a map and spreadsheet of the information obtained by the Ellsworth group. Marti will do the same for Lamoine. Bob hopes to have the information on a DVD to keep at Town Hall. The May 17 presentation at the Lamoine Consolidated School went very well. More people than expected attended, including Rep. Dennis Damon. The kids did a good job presenting the material (see attached). Suggestions were to invite the press, WABI and Stu's radio station the next time.

Lamoine school wants to repeat the program in the Fall. The instructional video that we hoped could be done this year will be made. Marti and Cindi Eaton of Ellsworth, and Tim Barlow of Lamoine are enthusiastic about the prospect. We will again invite Mr. Haskell of Hancock elementary school to participate.

Ordinance Drafting (Fred) – Received lots of help from Willem Brutsaert in addition to looking over a report that Fred prepared. He indicated that the hazardous list in the Hancock Ordinance came directly from the State's Wellhead Protection list. Fred has also found a number of commercial bottling ordinances, which he needs to review. He needs to work to blend it with our Land Use Ordinance. This is a very busy time for him, but he hopes to get something prepared for the Fall. LCC will try to have several informational meetings for the townsfolk before the Town Meeting in March. Letters thanking residents for their participation in the Get Wet school project went out.

Review of Final Report, Water Testing (Carol) – Carol has spoken with Selectman Finnelly who told her where she could buy the monitoring devices at a reasonably price. We will buy 2 and borrow one from the Mitchell Center . NEGEF has provided a grant to help with the purchase of the loggers. The NEGEF money has been received and given to Stu Marckoon. John Peckenham will invoice Stu for about $1500. In addition, we now have 11 well owners who have granted permission for us to monitor their water levels.

We received the report from Peckenham. It is easy to read and answers two important questions: How does gravel extraction affect groundwater? It does not have appreciable effect other than elevated salt and nitrates. Is there anything of concern for us to be aware of? Unregulated, abandoned pits have potential issues of contamination. It was suggested that LCC promote the owner who has made strong efforts of reclamation of abandoned sites.

4. Recycling Committee Update – Tom Spruce was absent. Donna Thorburn spoke on behalf of the Committee. They meet every third Wednesday and are concentrating on discussing the recycling options. Lucia Michielli and Donna visited Coastal Recycling and have spoken with them about Lamoine's recycling needs. Coastal is very willing to take Lamoine's packaging material, junk mail, cereal boxes, #1 plastic, etc. Donna actually tried it for one month and found that by recycling all the above items, she had one-half less trash to take to the transfer station. The Committee plans to draft a brochure to present to the Commission informing residents about recycling options. They will have an article for the Lamoine Quarterly, and will have the compost bins available for purchase next year.

A motion was made on behalf of the Recycling Committee to support their work to improve recycling in Lamoine, which was seconded and approved by a vote of 5 to 0.

5. Listening to the concerns of those attending – Ken Smith: On July 29 at 9:30 , SWOAM will have a dedication at Coleman's Mixed Woods on Seal Point Road .

Don Bamman handed out material on the Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard land banks (attached). Funding for a land bank is from a local access tax – extra on real estate transactions.

Fred Stocking talked about a recent article about the expansion of Poland Spring in Fryburg. He also distributed a chart (attached) showing development in Lamoine over the last 15 years. Housing permits increased from 5 in 1991 to 28 in 2004.

6. Planning Board and Selectfolk concerns – No items mentioned, other than the special meeting on June 15 to address two items. Fred S. mentioned a Bar Harbor referendum that passed all the proposals including having 2 acre lots in certain areas of town.

7. Planning for Land Conservation – tabled.

8. Update on meeting with Parks Commission and Long Range Planning

Committee – None available.

9. Graphic arts for the Commission: Logo? Banner? – Fred S mentioned a network of trails in Portland where the graphic design was key . Thoughts on logo and banner for LCC welcomed.

10. Discussion of possible Conservation award – Title: Lamoine Conservation Commission Award; Eligibility: property owners (full time, part time, businesses); Criteria: to benefit the community in some regard, environmental, conservation, land stewardship; selection process: Ballots at Town Hall, LCC to select; form of award: plaque with names to be placed at Town Hall; presentation event: Town meeting. Merle Bragdon had various helpful suggestions based on Castine award. Frequency?

11. Planning for Summer Meetings – Parks Commission.

The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.

Reviewed and accepted by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on July 12, 2006 , by a vote of 5 to 0.

Fred Stocking, Chair