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Lamoine Conservation Commission Minutes
February 28, 2007 (Draft, Subject to Change)
Present: Fred Stocking, Carol Korty, Tom Spruce, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Donna Theall, and Donna Thorburn, Alternate.
Attending public: Joan Strout, Lucia Michielli, Nancy Pochan, Kathy DeFusco, Ken Smith, Willem Brutsaert
The meeting was called to order at 7:01 .
Bangor Hydro – Antonio Blasi of Hancock was concerned about BH's cutting v. spraying commitment, but Carol was able to reassure him. He also requested copies of minutes of our monthly meetings. Carol will direct him to our web site where they can be downloaded.
The Arbor Day trees planting suggestion was meant for next year, not 2007.
Suggestion: Have two frames, one permanently placed at town hall. Intent is for letter (and plaque) to be displayed at town hall for a year, to be replaced by a new winner's letter. Fred will be reimbursed for the cost of plaque, plate and frame.
Tom: Must have a means available for people to donate money for the purpose of preserving land.
- Concerned about the spread of Poland Springs mining water from various towns, and the danger of commercial entities “sucking us dry.” Water is now the “oil of the 21 st century,” and we must preserve it.
- Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation to awaken everyone to the issues of global warming and its repercussions.
- Need ordinances for an aquifer protection zone – extraction controls (commercial).
- Intertidal zone – what control does Lamoine have?
- Continue looking into grandfathered gravel pits.
- Continue the Get Wet! program for the students at Lamoine, Ellsworth and hopefully Hancock.
- Intertidal zone –mussels, sand dollars, urchins gone on Skillings. Fewer ducks and loons.
- Blunt's Pond – preserve its value to the town.
- Concern about placement of salt shed – not over aquifer.
- Carbon emissions reduction.
- Comprehensive Plan. Cost? Grant funding?
- Land conservation survey.
- Look into possibility of sewer extension from Ellsworth along Buttermilk Road . Other options.
- Aquifer protection against commercial extraction.
- Intertidal protection – perhaps research Bill Pinkham and Jill Goldthwait's bill several years ago; ask Rob Eaton to support this; check with Steve Perrin re hearing of Taunton Bay.
- Outreach to get the community involved – barbecue, picnic, geocaching, treasure hunt – perhaps jointly with Parks Commission.
- Get funding for LCC activities.
- The state has established storm water management regulations (effective November 16, 2005 and revised in 2006), which applies primarily to commercial and residential developments. Is Lamoine compatible with them?
- Need to look into low impact development. Establish a baseline of how much runoff is acceptable. It should have no impact.
- Trails map for Lamoine.
- Continue recycling efforts. Check other towns for signs about recycling.
- To address Carol and Joan's concerns, it may be possible to enact an ordinance to limit bottlers' aquifer withdrawals to sustainable levels based on land area under their ownership or easements under their control and seasonal rainfall.
Lamoine Conservation Commission will renew efforts to design a logo.
Meeting adjourned at 8:57 .
Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.
Reviewed and accepted by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on March 14, 2007 , by a vote of 3 to 0.
Fred Stocking, Chair