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Conservation Commission Minutes

September 12, 2018 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

Members Present:  Linda Penkalski, acting chairperson;  Kerry Diskin, Jeff Cosulich

 

Members Absent : Larissa Thomas,  chair; Doug Stewart

 

Alternate Members Absent:  Diane Nicholls, Michael Jordan

 

Others in Attendance:  School Board’s Facilities Subcommittee (SBFS) members Brett Jones, Katrina Kane, Michael Brann

 

Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall by Linda Penkalski at 7:03 PM.

 

Minutes from the August 8, 2018 meeting were approved as submitted.

 

 

Topics Discussed:

 

1.    Solar power for Town’s electricity usage:

A.   Willingness of School Board to collaborate in siting a solar project for the Town

B.   Approximate date estimated for south roof slope replacement

C.   Plans for addition to school

The SBFS members were very positive about the overall proposal but had several questions, issues and scheduling concerns. The roof may be near its end of life and if solar panels are installed and need to be removed for new roof installation, that will add additional expense to the project  Another concern is the current placement of several existing vents on the roof that may impede the most effective placement of the panels. Some of the questions to be addressed include the impact on the panel system if it had to be “offline” for several months at a time if there were school maintenance projects occurring and also, if the orientation of the existing roofline were to change. The overall outcome was to keep the lines of communications open between the Conservation Commission and the SBFS and regroup in a year or so. The LCC will take the lead on the project going forward to resolve issues, address questions from SBFS and coordinating future communications.

 

2.    Blunts Pond Field Day Recap

 

There were 28 visitors at the 1st field day and the kids in attendance had a lot of fun with the scavenger hunt, swimming in the pond and exploring the park. Thanks go out to the Lamoine Historical Society for their participation and exhibit of the history of the pond and surrounding area and to Katherine Whiting for her presentation on invasive plant species. It was taken under advisement to determine the feasibility of additional field days, how often they should occur and if there is a different time of year to have them.

 

3.    Maine Coastweek Coastal Cleanup

 

The cleanup is set for Saturday September 15th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. There will be one crew working along the shore of Berry Cove and another crew on the Skillings River.

           

 

4.    Upcoming GET WET! Blunts Pond launch

Linda, Kerry and Jeff will be meeting the some members of the 6th grade class at Blunts Pond on Monday September 24th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm to conduct several tests of the water there and will finish up any additional testing, if necessary, on Tuesday the 25th at the school from 1:10pm – 2:10pm.

The 2019 GetWet! Presentation will be given at the school on Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 1:10pm. Testing will be held at the school the following day, Thursday February 28, 2019 at 8:30am

 

5.    Simon Tree Walk

Unfortunately, the Simon Tree Walk scheduled for Monday September 10, 2018 had to be postponed for 1 week due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. It has been rescheduled for Monday September 17, 2018 at 12:00pm

 

6.    Public presentation for the fall

 

Professor Brian Beal from U. Maine – Machias School of Marine Sciences [https://umaine.edu/marine/affiliates/brian-beal ] will be making his presentation on “Soft-Shell Clams : Effects of Predation and Coastal Acidification on Wild and Cultured Populations” on October 10, 2018 at the Lamoine School at 7:00pm.

Linda will place an announcement in the October 4th edition of the Ellsworth American.

 

7.    Future initiatives

 

No additional future initiatives were raised at the meeting

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 PM.

 

 

Minutes taken by ______Jeff Cosulich___________ and approved on ____________________________.