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Minutes - January 8, 2020

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


Alternate member present: Jack Robichaud, Mike Jordan


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


Minutes from previous meeting approved as submitted.


Topics Discussed:


1.    SunPower commercial solar farm on old landfill parcel – update.

Larissa and Mike provided some updates about the solar farm project. SunPower has been performing their due diligence and has encountered a minor financial issue with state regulations regarding how they will be compensated. Not necessarily a show stopper, but will require further review on SunPower’s part. Also, an abutter to the land fill has expressed an independent interest in partnering with SunPower which could help move the overall project along. Hopefully a final determination will be made in the next 2 – 3 months. 

2.    Guest speaker, archaeologist Dr. Rick Will, November 13, 2019 – event recap.

Dr. Will’s presentation was well received, Unfortunately, the videotaping equipment went offline during the taping, so there is no recording for folks who were unable to attend.

3.    Carolyn Ackerman, Maine Master Naturalist Program Project - educational materials being prepared for Marlboro Beach

Ms. Ackerman has been in discussions with Larissa and Linda about preparing educational materials for the plants at Marlboro Beach. Her project will be completed later this year. Larissa has suggested that she submit the final materials to the town to be uploaded to the town website and also contact the Lamoine School to determine if they may be able to use them in their curriculum in some fashion.

4.    GETWET! Planning – Linda.

This year’s GETWET! Program will take place at the Lamoine School on March 5. One of the largest classes in the past few years (27 students) will be participating. And, as an aside, this will be the 15th anniversary of the GETWET! Program.

5.    Electronics recycling this coming summer – initial planning.

Diane will be taking the lead on coordinating with Electronics End from Brewer to arrange the biennial electronics recycling event. Tentative timing will be sometime in June and more details will follow as they become available.

6.    Future initiatives?


None at this time.


The annual Conservation Award for 2020 has been postponed by unanimous vote.



The meeting was adjourned at 7:22 PM.


Minutes taken by ____________Jeff Cosulich ____________________________