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Lamoine Conservation Commission Minutes

December 13, 2006 (Draft- subject to revision)

Present: Fred Stocking, Carol Korty, Bob Pulver, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt and Donna Theall.

Attending public: Don Bamman, Ray Becker, Merle Bragdon, Jo Cooper, Georgia Munsell, Nancy Pochan.

The meeting of the Lamoine Conservation Commission was called to order at 7:06 p.m.

  1. Consideration of Minutes was tabled until the January meeting.
  2. 2007 Planning for Roadside Cleanup – Georgia Munsell thanked all who participated in the 2006 roadside cleanup. She recapped the history of previous years' cleanups, and stated that this year there had been 38 volunteers, and 2240lbs of trash had been collected. The town has been divided, for cleaning purposes, into 30 sections. This year only 2/3 of the sections were covered. It is hoped that next year we will have 60 volunteers and to achieve that, we will hold the cleanup on the third Saturday in May – on May 19 th Georgia has offered to call all potential volunteers and personally invite them to participate. She asked that we give her a list of names and phone numbers. A suggestion about door prizes was tabled until next year to see how the personal contact works. Georgia was thanked for her continuing interest and efforts and was told that the Lamoine Conservation Commission supports her recommendations for next year's cleanup.
  3. Recycling Committee update – Nancy Pochan reported that they are still working on the flyer and that it would be ready after the first of the year. An article about composting will be placed in the next Lamoine Quarterly.
  4. Land Conservation Initiative – Lynda TW gave a synopsis of the minutes of the last meeting. Fred Stocking distributed a draft of two warrant articles regarding (1) the establishment of a reserve fund for land acquisition, and (2) appropriation of $1,000 to fund the reserve fund (see attached). Upon review of the articles, a motion was made and seconded to approve the two articles, with a vote of 4 to 0.
  5. Freshwater Initiative update – Bangor Hydro sent the LCC a letter with a map of the proposed power line that initially was to cross over the aquifer. It now appears to go along the aquifer for a very short distance, but it is unknown if at a safe distance. On Tuesday, January 9 at 8a.m. , grades 5 and 6 of the Lamoine School will test water quality of selected wells. The following tests will be done: Chloride, nitrate, pH, hardness, iron, and conductivity. Carol K. requested volunteers, and several members of the audience responded. On January 10 and 11 the same tests will be done by the Chemistry Class at the Ellsworth High School . Both Teresa Thornton and John Peckenham will head the endeavor. Ongoing is the work to test several private wells in Lamoine and Hancock and two gravel pits in Lamoine. The work will be done by UMaine students.
  6. Planning Board and Selectfolk Concerns – Carol K. indicated a concern about the effects of development. At present, if there are fewer than 12 lots in the development, there is no need for open space. She would like to see the open space requirement be applied when additional developments which are contiguous bring the count of lots to 12 or more.
  7. Extra Work Session and January meeting – Our January meeting, to be on January 10, will be a work session. Topics will be the Award, and think about broader ways we can deal with development in town. Ask townspeople to tell us what is important to them.

The business portion of the meeting ended at 7:45 , after which Fred Stocking presented a talk on “An Introduction to Conservation Easements: What They Are, How They Are Made, and How They Work.” Fred made a PowerPoint presentation that was very well received. A number of questions were asked of him throughout the presentation, and a lively talk continued while everyone partook of refreshments.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 .

Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.

Reviewed and accepted by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on January 10, 2007 by a vote of _ to _.

Fred Stocking, Chair