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Conservation Commission Minutes

April 10, 2019 (Draft, subject to correction)


Members Present:  Larissa Thomas, Chair; Linda Penkalski, Kerry Diskin, Jeff Cosulich


Alternate Members Present:  Mike Jordan, Diane Nicolls


Absent Members: Doug Stewart


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


Topics Discussed:


1.  Approval of the February 20, 2019 minutes


2.  Blunts Pond Property: Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is working with the owner of a couple of parcels totaling approximately 31 acres abutting Blunts Pond to be donated to the town as conservation land. The Select Board has requested a recommendation from the Conservation Commission. After a brief discussion regarding the property and the less than significant loss of tax revenue, the LCC voted unanimously to endorse moving forward with the donation.


3.  Explore Possibility for Commercial Solar Farm on Old Landfill: NextGrid, a California based renewable power company, has solicited a potential partnership with the Town to lease land for them to build a solar farm. Their business model is to lease 5–25 acre parcels for up to a 20-year period at $2,000   $5,000 / acre / year. They are responsible for the permitting process, the development and maintenance of the facility, and restoration of the land back to its original condition at the end of the agreement. Larissa suggested the old landfill as a possible site. While all of the 39.2 acres might not be usable/feasible, it appears at first glance to be a reasonable re-use of the property. Larissa will ask the Select Board to follow up with NextGrid to see what the next step should be for us to move this initiative forward.


4.  Lamoine 150 Event Sponsored by LCC:  A talk by Maine archaeologist Dr. Rick Will titled “Lamoine Before Lamoine” will be presented on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Gordon Donaldson, of the Lamoine 150 Committee, has graciously offered to provide refreshments and assist with publicity for the event.


5.  Summer Guest Speaker: Mike will inquire about getting someone from Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to discuss some of their operations in Maine and what they specifically do in, and for, the town of Lamoine.


6.  Donation of Remaining LCC Reusable Shopping Bags: It was decided to donate the remaining 47 bags to the Lamoine General Store to encourage townsfolk to use the bags in lieu of single-use plastic bags. Jeff will deliver the bags to the store.


7.  GET WET! Recap: Linda informed the Committee that this year’s program was an overall success. While it was a relatively small class of 13 students, Linda was pleased with the performance of all the new equipment and meters that were recently purchased. Kerry will be tabulating the test results so they can be posted on the town’s website.


8.  Future Initiatives: None brought to the attention of the full Committee at this time.








The meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.


Minutes taken by _______ Jeff Cosulich __________________ and approved on