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Minutes - October 9, 2019 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

Members Present: Larissa Thomas, chair; Linda Penkalski, Diane Nicolls, Jeff Cosulich, Kerry Diskin

 

Alternate member present: Jack Robichaud

 

Alternate member absent: Mike Jordan

 

Others in attendance: Carol Korty

 

Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall by Chairman Thomas at 7:01 PM.

 

Topics Discussed:

 

1.  Approval of the September 11, 2019 minutes.

 

2.  Salute to Jim Norris:  Jim Norris passed away this past week.  Jim was important to sustainable shellfish harvesting in the region as a founding member of the Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Commission.  He donated part of Marlboro Beach to the Town of Lamoine and was involved last year with an additional donation of Marlboro Beach to the Town for all to enjoy.  He has left a significant legacy in Lamoine.  He will be missed by all.

 

3.  Commercial solar farm on old landfill parcel: Not much new has happened since our last meeting. SunPower is revising their proposal after they inspected the site.  They are planning on having the new proposal emailed to Stu by October 14, 2019. The proposal will be scaled down and have new elements.  Stu and Larissa will review the proposal before the October 17, 2019 Select Board meeting. There will be a special Town meeting in the future for citizens to vote on the proposal.

 

4.  Inquiry about a community solar array: Someone emailed Larissa thinking that the commercial solar farm is a community solar array, which it is not.  Right now we are concentrating on the commercial solar farm, but if there is interest in the future for private citizens’ involvement in a community solar array the LCC could be a facilitator for the project.

 

5.  Guest speaker, archaeologist Dr. Rick Will, November 13, 2019:  The public talk will be at 7 PM at the Lamoine School.  Larissa passed out flyers to be placed around town.  Lamoine 150 and the LCC are sponsoring Dr. Will’s talk- “Lamoine before Lamoine”.

 

6.  Open house at Lobster 207 lobster pound at Seal Point:  They are a fair trade lobster pound and will organize an open house soon.  No firm date yet, but probably in November.

 

7.  Maine Coastweek Coastal cleanup- Saturday, September 21, 2019:  Thirteen bags were collected.  Some folks had less trash than in the past.  Next year we will look into covering different places like the Jordan River.  Larissa will contact Carol Korty about access to locations on the Jordan River.

 

8.  Simon Trail tree walk recap:  It was a great walk with enthusiastic students and lots of mushrooms and other fungi.  Thanks to Diane, Jeff, Linda, Anne LaBossiere and Iris Simon for their expertise in leading the groups.

 

Blunts Pond GET WET!—thanks to Diane and Jeff for helping with the water quality testing at the pond and in the classroom.  The Maine Community Foundation (MCF) grant money has been spent and we should be fine for a few more years.  Linda sent a thank you note to MCF.  Jeffrey Young from the Hancock Fund of the MCF called Linda on October 9, 2019 to find out if we were continuing the project and what we thought of the Grant process.  Linda reported on the successful water testing in September and that we thought the Grant process was clear and easy to complete.

 

9.  No future initiatives at this time.

 

 

Motions and Outcomes:

 

1.  The minutes of the September 11, 2019 meeting were approved as distributed.

 

 

Follow-up actions and who will do them:

 

1.  Larissa will check with the Lamoine 150 folks to see if they will be bringing refreshments to Dr. Rick Will’s talk or are we in charge of refreshments.

 

2.  Larissa will check with the Lamoine 150 folks to see if they will be doing the publicity for Dr. Rick Will’s talk.  If we are in charge then Larissa will get pertinent information for Linda to type up the press release.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 PM.

 

Minutes were taken by __________________________ and approved on ___________________.