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Lamoine Conservation Commission

Minutes - September 11, 2013

Members present: Larry Libby, Chair; David Legere, Carol Korty and Anne LaBossiere

Absent: Doug Stewart who will be moving from an alternate to a member of the commission pending approval of selectmen and Nancy Pochan who is an alternate.

Others in Attendance: Linda Penkalski, nominee to become an alternate pending selectmen approval

Willem Brutsaert

Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall by Chairman Libby @ 7:00 p.m.

Planning Board and Selectmen Concerns:

There were no representatives of either group present. Carol Korty gave an overview of the two most recent meetings of the Planning Board that she had attended. She mentioned that the Planning Board had received ten applications for gravel extraction. Carol reported that the Selectmen will discuss at its Tuesday, Sept. 24th meeting whether or not test pits will be required as a part of all new applications for gravel extraction permits. She plans to attend this meeting and encouraged others to do the same. The meeting is at 7:00 pm.

Topics Discussed:

  1. On behalf of the commission, Chairman Libby extended welcomes to Doug Stewart and Linda Penkalski as member and alternate respectively, pending selectmen approval.
  2. Simon Woods Trail Development Project - On August 27th Larry Libby and Jerry and Iris Simon met with Mick Rogers of the Division of Parks and Public Lands . They walked the whole trail. This site visit was a part of the pre-application by LCC for a $10,000. grant to create a parking lot, add some sanitary facilities and do some trail work. Larry explained some of the specifics re: grant funding. The grant covers 80% of amount received. The recipients have to pay the other 20%. This may be paid by “in kind” activities. The 80% is not given in a lump sum. How it works is that the recipients submit receipts of their expenses to the grant overseers who make rebates to the recipients. Very specific documentation is required of the expenditures. Larry seemed to think that all groups who had a site visit will be invited to submit a full application which is due Nov. 23rd . He will get verification of this. Larry asked who would be interested in working on this application if we are invited to go forward with the process. The general sentiment seemed to be a “Let's wait and see if we are invited to go forward. If so, let's take a look at the application and devise a plan to complete it.”
  3. Updates on Economics of the Sea for Lamoine - Larry Libby and Bob Pulver met on August 16th with Todd Gabe. They learned that probably there is not enough of industry related to the sea to do a detailed economic analysis. Gabe did give us a summary of the information that he and Caroline Noblet of the School of Economics, University of Maine had gathered and compiled for us.
  4. Andy Shultz, Landowner, Outreach Forester, Maine Forest Service - Mr. Shultz was unable to attend. We have rescheduled his meeting with us to take place at the beginning of our Oct. 9th meeting.
  5. Other
    1. How do we get the word out re: trails to people? There was a brief discussion about asking Aislinn Sarnacki who writes the One Minute Hike articles that appear in the Bangor Daily News to come to a meeting and learn about our hikes in hopes she will select one or more to hike and write about in one of her articles.
    2. Post gravel extraction land reclamation. Linda Penkalski invited the commission to come to her home to see the work done on the gravel extraction site on their land over the past 20 years. David Legere mentioned the possibility of the depleted gravel pit lands being sold to developers interested in creating assisted living housing for Lamoine such as what has been done in Ellsworth at Hancock Heights .
    3. Programs for the public. See Follow-up section to see who might be able to present information of interest to the general public in areas related to creating habitat to attract birds in your backyard, identifying animal scat and tracks, birdwatching for starters.
    4. Maine Association of Conservation Commissions is inviting commissions to join this group @ a fee of $140. to be paid annually.
    5. Value of the Town of Lamoine 's joining the Hancock County Conservation Commission
    6. John Peckenham is doing an academic publication re: GET WET !
    7. LCC to receive deposit money from cans/bottles donated in Dec. to Transfer Station.
    8. Archive Storage
    9. On Sept 19 th , Bob Pulver and Larry Libby will meet with Jim McConnon at the University of Maine to examine the possibility of doing a trade analysis of the Town of Lamoine . Apparently there are 57 firms in Lamoine. It would be possible to determine which of these 57 are sea related. A description piece might be developed with a breakdown of products harvested, camping, etc. and its relevance to the economics of Lamoine. The question of the value of weekly rentals of homes during the summer was also raised. Larry quoted Todd Gabe as saying that the primary contribution of the ocean to the Town of Lamoine is in terms of its relationship to property values.
    10. Natural Resources Damage Compensation….Thanks to teamwork with Willem Brutsaert and Carol Korty , Jo Cooper wrote a letter to Michelle Gagnon, city planner for the City of Ellsworth stating that Lamoine is affected by the same things that were listed as impacting aquifers of Ellsworth and Hancock and that the Town wants to be a part of this effort to provide protection to our aquifers, too. Willem Brutsaert spoke with more detail at the end of our meeting. Larry Libby thanked Korty and Brutsaert for their follow-up.

Motions and Outcomes

  1. Minutes for the July 10th meeting were approved as distributed.
  2. The motion for the LCC to join the ME Assoc. of Conservation Commissions was defeated.

Follow-up Actions and Who Will Do Them

  1. Larry will follow-up with Mick Rogers of the Division of Parks and Public Lands re: if we will be invited to submit a full application.
  2. Anne will review the minutes for July, Aug. & Sept. and select highlights to pass along to Larry for inclusion in the next edition of the Lamoine Quarterly. She will also e-mail a copy of the July 10 th meetings to Linda Penkalski.
  3. David will ask Stacey Curtis about the possible drain at Blunt Pond.
  4. Carol and Larry will draft a letter to the Planning Board re: our interest in Lamoine's joining the Hancock County Conservation Commission.
  5. Larry Libby will contact David Schick re: his willingness to share his knowledge about Lamoine wildlife at a public program for the public.
  6. Carol will contact Chris Peterson @ COA to see if he could suggest a staff member who is knowledgeable about birds in our area.
  7. Larry will e-mail Fred Stocking re: the willingness of LCC to host a public forum as a part of the upcoming comprehensive planning process.
  8. David will call Michael Good who does tours re: birds to see if he might be an interesting presenter at a future public program offering by LCC.
  9. Carol will touch base with John Peckenham re: GET WET!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Minutes taken by Anne LaBossiere, Secretary and approved on October 9, 2013.