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Minutes - April 11, 2018 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

Members Present:  Larissa Thomas, chair; Linda Penkalski, Doug Stewart, Jeff Cosulich, Kerry Diskin

 

Alternates:  Michael Jordan, Diane Nichols

 

Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall by Chairman Thomas at 7:00 PM.

 

Topics Discussed:

 

1.  We acknowledged the passing of David Sanderson and signed a card for his family.

 

2.  Approval of February 14, 2018 minutes.

 

3.  Tora Johnson presentation: If you take photos of shore areas at a high tide or flood event send photos to Tora with the time, date and location so they can document the event and refine the elevation modeling in the GIS.  One of her students will volunteer to work with the Comprehensive Planning Commission.  There were good reviews of Dr. Johnson’s presentation.

 

4.  The May meeting will be Thursday, May 10th, at 7 PM at the Town Hall.

 

5.   Get Wet! 2018 recap:  GET WET! was a success due to the help of our volunteers.  Kerry typed up the results onto a spreadsheet and John Peckenham typed up the 2017 results onto a spreadsheet.  John will get us the results from the prior years.  We will post the data on the Lamoine website without the students’ names/addresses.

 

6.  Water testing at Blunts Pond:  Stu informed Linda that the Select Board had discussed testing the water for E.coli and he ordered a few consumer test kits to test for E. coli and other bacteria.  We have volunteered to do the testing.  Doug will contact Mark Winnick of Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Commission to ask about testing—types of kits to purchase, etc.  Kerry will not go for the training this Spring as it does not fit our needs.  If we get the Maine Community Foundation grant, we can purchase Secchi Disks and thermometers and do the testing.

 

7.  Electronics recycling event, June 2, 2018:  This was approved by the Select Board.  Doug will speak with them to ask if the event can go until 1 PM instead of noon.  The announcement flyer will be posted around town and at the Town Halls in Hancock and Sullivan so their residents can participate, too.  Larissa will bring a box for donations, but we will not solicit donations, as donations will be optional.  For the 8-10AM shift Jeff, Diane and Kerry will volunteer.  For the 10AM-1PM shift Larissa, Mike, Linda and Doug will volunteer.

 

8.  Lamoine School Edible Garden:  Diane will have more information in May.

 

9.  Blunts Pond Event:  Doug is in contact with Zach Steele and Mark Winnick from Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Commission.  The event is scheduled for September 8, 2018 from 10AM–2PM.  They are talking about doing a presentation on invasive plants.  Doug is hoping that the Lamoine Historical Society can have information about ice harvesting that used to take place at Blunts Pond.  He will contact Frenchman Bay Conservancy to see if they will set up an information table on their work in the area like Simon Trail and Marlboro Beach.  They will contact Jane Disney to see if she has any ideas.  Jeff will ask the Parks Commission if we need a permit.  Kerry suggested that we set up a scavenger hunt at a specific time for the children.  Another idea is a guided tour of the Pond using scopes.  Refreshments will be juice and granola bars and/or cookies.

 

10.  Marlboro Beach Celebration:  The celebration will take place on June 23, 2018 at 2 PM (rain date: June 24, 2018).  This Saturday, April 14th, at 10 AM the Parks Commission will be meeting at Marlboro Beach to decide where the Norris Memorial Bench should be placed, and to discuss some of the planning for the celebration, which LCC will assist with. 

 

11.  Archiving LCC electronics documents: Some members might have documents on their computers that should be stored for future members of the LCC. Stu has agreed to store files for the LCC in a folder on the hard drive of the Town computer.  E-mail documents you have on your computer to Larissa or provide on an external storage device so she can forward them to Stu.

 

12.  Ideas for the next public presentation: An idea was presented to have someone speak about solar power, either personal arrangements or a solar farm.  It was decided that we would not have the next public presentation until the fall.

 

13.  Launch of single-sort recycling by Ecomaine: Speaking with Lissa Bittermann from Ecomaine at the launch, she said the response was a success.  The 100 free recycling bins were passed out by 10:30 AM, which does not usually happen as fast!

 

14.  Future initiatives: No new initiatives at this time.

 

Motions and Outcomes:

 

1.   The minutes of the February 14, 2018 meeting were approved as distributed.

 

 

Follow-up actions and who will do them:

 

1.  Doug will contact Mark Winnick to ask about which kits are available for testing E.coli and other bacteria at Blunts Pond.

 

2.  The LCC members will volunteer to help with the Electronics Recycling Event on June 2, 2018.

 

3.  Larissa will distribute flyers about the Electronics Recycling Event.

 

4.  Larissa will provide a box on June 2, 2018 for optional donations.

 

5.  Doug will continue speaking with Zack Steele and Mark Winnick to plan the Blunts Pond Event.  He will contact the Lamoine Historical Society and Frenchman Bay Conservancy to see if they can have informational tables at the event.

 

6.  Everyone who has electronic LCC documents will e-mail them to Larissa.

 

7.  Jeff will ask the Parks Commission if we need a permit for the Blunts Pond Event in September.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 PM.

 

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