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Lamoine Conservation Commission
Minutes - April 8, 2015 (Draft, subject to correction)
Members present: Larry Libby, chair; Anne LaBossiere, Linda Penkalski, David Legere
Absent Member: Doug Stewart
Alternates Present: Nancy Pochan, Larissa Thomas
Others in attendance: Carol Korty
Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall @ 7:00 p.m.
Comments from Planning Board/Select Board:
There were no Select Board members present. David Legere, alternate member of the Planning Board, mentioned that the gravel pit application was carried over to the next board meeting.
The Board voted to leave the current definition of a recreational vehicle in place. A recreational vehicle may be in use on a site for up to 30 days before it is considered as being used as a residence. Monitoring of this occurs only if there has been a complaint presented to the code enforcement officer. There is no time limit if the vehicle is just being stored on a property.
The Board has made a recommendation that the town provide town e-mail addresses for those who are members of standing committees and/or boards in Lamoine. These e-mails would be used for communications related to their work on the aforementioned groups.
Comments from members of the public:
Carol Korty spoke of her attendance at the last Planning Board. She had shared her concerns about the gravel pit referred to locally as the “Old King Pit” or the “Corps Pit.” She provided us with a thumbnail sketch of this pit's history. Carol's concern is that nobody had officially identified the water table level at the conclusion of the excavation. This digging had been done by the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII to obtain gravel to use at what is now the Bar Harbor Airport. At that time, nobody was responsible for any restoration at the excavation site. Carol feels that it is very important to at least have a hydrologist come in and determine the location of the water table level at present. Larry Libby suggested that Carol get on the Planning Board's agenda to bring her concerns before them.
2. Ideas for future public meetings-There was strong interest in selecting a program that would involve the young people of Lamoine. We brainstormed several options:
◦ Diver Ed
◦ Family Day/Picnic at Blunt Pond or another Lamoine venue
◦ John Peckenham to do a public meeting to share the results of GET WET!
◦ Michael Goode to speak on birds and bird life
◦ Rick Will to do something on archeology.
◦ Hal Bourne to do a presentation of the geology of the area (Do this in summer.)
Larissa Thomas suggested that we create a calendar of times for our public meetings. Nancy
Pochan mentioned that public meetings could provide a good arena to discuss topics relevant to areas of conservation and the environment.
3. Spring Shore Clean-up-David Legere described the shore clean-up that he does at the start of the season for his kayak business which is based in Bar Harbor. He suggested that perhaps we could schedule the clean-up of Lamoine's shores across the bay from where he would be conducting a clean-up to take place on the same day as his event.
4. Kids at Simon Woods Trail-Anne LaBossiere and Larry Libby shared information from the Simons who are looking for ways to interest children in using this trail with their classmates and/or families. They are thinking about hosting a tree identification hike in the spring after the leaves have come out on the deciduous trees. The LCC would like to be involved in this. David Legere mentioned that we have some work to do on the trail before we are ready to involve school groups. Larissa Thomas suggested that it would be good to involve the school early on to see what kind of things might be included in this venture. It was agreed that fall would be a better time of year for a school class to participate. Carol suggested that we introduce the availability of this wonderful opportunity to school personnel this spring with the goal being to have it take place early in the fall. The Simons have come up with some ideas that we would share with school staff and discuss with them their recommendations re: which grades would be most suited to take part in this hike.
5. Consider Strategic Planning-Larry reminded us that we had been interested in spending some time to consider what direction we might like to take as a commission, working within AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE LAMOINE CONSERVATION COMMISSION, approved at the Annual Lamoine Town Meeting held on March 6, 2002. We discussed the advisability of doing this outside a regularly scheduled meeting and with a facilitator's assistance. More discussion will be held at the next meeting.
Maine Land Conservation Conference, April 24-25-No one attending.
Snowmobile Trails-Solely dedicated for use by snowmobilers.
“Track Trail-” There is interest in exploring the use of this trail by the public. We need to check into this more thoroughly to see how we might proceed.
Request from Fred Stocking that LCC assist the Comprehensive Plan Process by making suggestions on adaptations that Lamoine might make to assist in the mitigation of the impact of climate change.
Simon Woods Trail Parking Lot's sign is ready. David mentioned that we need to put in some kind of markers at the boundaries of the lot to make it safer for snow plowing next winter.