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Minutes - April 12, 2017 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

Members Present:  Larry Libby, chair:  Larissa Thomas,  Anne LaBossiere,  Linda Penkalski,  Doug Stewart

 

Alternate members present:  Jeff Cosulich

 

Alternate member absent:  Mike Jordan

 

Others in attendance:  Carol Korty,  Antonio Blasi

 

Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall by Chairman Libby at 7:06 PM.

 

Topics discussed:

 

1.   Comments from the planning/select boards:  no comments.

 

2.   Approval of the February 8, 2017 minutes.

 

3.   General update:  Larry updated us on the following:

 

Composting public meeting-  It went very well.  In the future we need to have someone videotape it so it can be on the town website.  Doug will contact Mark King to see if he has a videotape of his talk that we can put on the town website.  Doug will send the power point to Stu so it can be put on the town website.  A notice will be put into the July Lamoine Quarterly to let folks know that the compost bins are for sale for $70.  Doug will ask Stu to put an announcement on the town website,  too.

 

Tote bags-  it was a great award ceremony at the Lamoine School.  $154 have been collected from the sale of bags to go into our account.

 

Simon Trail-  There was an article in the Bangor Daily about hiking on the trail.

 

Lamoine Conservation Commission Ordinance revision- changes were approved at the March Town Meeting.

 

GET WET!- we are still trying to get funds to continue the program.  Maine CDC only works with public water systems.  Larry wrote a grant through the Sea Grant program and we are waiting to hear back from them.  Linda contacted Maine Community Foundation and Healthy Acadia.  Healthy Acadia said that they could possibly be our community partner for the Hancock County Grant through Maine Community Foundation.  That application is not due until early 2018.  Carol Korty suggested that we look into the Bangor Savings Bank Grant.

 

Shore Access Sub-Committee:  They are working on three projects.  1.  Marlboro Beach acquisition- Frenchman Bay Conservancy is leading the effort to raise funds to purchase the land.  2.  Pinkham Park Project-  a letter has been sent to the select board  about a donation of     2 1/2 acres of land at the Mud Creek Road “S” turn to create a park there.  They will discuss whether to accept the donation at the April 13, 2017 meeting.  The Parks Commission is the lead organization in this project with help from the shore access sub-committee of LCC.   3.  Shore Road property-  The property is 19 acres and the cost is $150,000.  It will provide access to the water for commercial and recreational uses and can possibly be a park and a community garden.  The Shore Access Sub-committee remains interested in this parcel though no action has been taken.

 

Upcoming meetings:  ME Coast Heritage Trust-  Maine Land Conservation Conference, April 21-22, 2017.  Recycling Meeting at Samoset Resort on April 24-25,  2017-  Doug will attend.  Frenchman Bay Conservancy public meeting on rockweed at Tidal Falls on May 6, 2017.   Frenchman Bay Partners Annual Meeting-  May 13, 2017 from 9 AM to noon at MDI Bio Lab.

 

4.   Hancock Community Garden:  Anne reported that 3 people signed up at the composting session to visit the garden.  There is an article in the April Lamoine Quarterly encouraging people to contact Anne if they are interested in visiting the Hancock Community Garden on May 31, 2017.  The time is not set yet.

 

5.   Future Initiatives:  these are projects we might get involved with.

Maine Coastal Communities Grant Proposal-  Larissa reported that we might have to partner with another town (Hancock or Trenton) as their    Comprehensive Plans have already been approved.  Lamoine’s is not completed yet nor approved.  The select board will have to approve the concept first.  We are to read over the proposal to discuss it further at our May meeting and then we can bring the proposal to the select board. 

 

Non-voting associate members:  Larry will contact the people on the unofficial list to ask them if they can help out when we have projects to work on.  Larry will ask Stu if he can post on the town website a request asking if anyone wants to volunteer to be a non-voting associate member.

 

Comprehensive Plan- Within the Comprehensive Plan is the idea for a community center.  On the grounds of the community center could be a solar farm and/or a community garden.  It could be a “green” building.

 

Larissa suggested that we invite Aaron Dority,  Frenchman Bay Conservancy,  to speak about the Marlboro Beach Project and what else they do.  June 14, 2017 was the suggested date.  Larissa will contact Aaron.

 

Larry met Michael Good and he can be a “back up” for June 14th.  He can speak about wildlife matters of interest in Lamoine, perhaps including effects of  climate change.

 

Tora Johnson,  University of Maine,  was mentioned to speak about  the changing coast due to climate change.

 

There was an article in the Ellsworth American about zero-sort recycling in Bucksport.  Recycling has increased and it is saving money for the town.

 

6.   Anne LaBossiere  is going off LCC at the end of June,  2017.  Jeff Cosulich is interested in becoming a member.  We will need a new alternate member.

    Thank you,  Anne,  for all of your service to LCC.

 

Motions and Outcomes:

 

1.  The minutes of the February 8, 2017 meeting were approved as distributed.

 

2.   LCC approved the following motion-  To inquire whether the select board will approve our pursuit of a Maine Coastal Communities Grant Proposal.

 

Follow-up actions and who will do them:

 

1.   Doug will contact Stu to have the Mark King”s composting power point on the town website.  Doug will contact Mark King to see if there is a video of the presentation so that can be put on the town website.

 

2.   When we have future public meetings Larry will ask Stu if he can e-mail an announcement to the people on the town’s  e-mail list.

 

3.   There will be an announcement in the July Lamoine Quarterly telling  folks that they can purchase composting bins.  Doug will ask Stu to make an announcement on the town website.

 

4.   Everyone is to read over the Lamoine Coastal Communities Grant Proposal Prospectus for the May LCC meeting so we can discuss it before it is present to the select board.

 

5.   Larry will contact the people on the nonofficial non-voting associate members list to see if we can contact them when we have projects in the future.  Larry will contact Stu to place an announcement on the town website to ask if any one wants to volunteer to be a non-voting associate member.

 

6.   Larissa will contact Aaron Dority to see if he is available for a public talk on the work of Frenchman Bay Conservancy and the Marlboro Beach acquisition.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

 

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