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Minutes - February 12, 2020 (Draft, subject to correction)

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

 

Alternate member present:  Jack Robichaud

 

Member absent:  Jeff Cosulich

 

Alternate member absent:  Mike Jordan

 

Meeting was convened at the Lamoine Town Hall by Chairman Thomas at 7:07 PM.

 

Topics Discussed:

 

1.   Approval of the January 8, 2020 minutes.

 

2.   Card Brook watershed proposal committee:  Jef Fitzgerald, City of Ellsworth Planner, could not attend the LCC meeting as planned.  The City of Ellsworth is looking for support from the LCC as they apply for a grant to remediate the impaired Card Brook.  Lamoine is part of the watershed which drains into the Union River.  They are seeking volunteers for three meetings prior to the grant submittal.  Kerry volunteered and Mike is interested, too.  Larissa will contact Jef to ask if the LCC can send two volunteers.  We will also write a letter of support for the grant.

 

3.   Sunpower commercial solar farm on old landfill parcel:  A wetland delineation consultant visited the site and the preliminary report indicates that there are three vernal pools.  There will need to be buffers around them which will limit the generation of power.  They will wait until spring to look at the site again to determine the feasibility of the project.  There is a second round of solar projects through the State of Maine and as a municipal project the rate could be higher and make the generation of electricity more profitable to Sunpower.

 

4.   Guest speaker for spring:  Larissa mentioned an article in the Bangor Daily News that mentioned a net zero home builder, Sergei Breuss, in Blue Hill.  The talk could be Wednesday, April 8, 2020 or a date when Sergei is available.  Linda will contact Sergei about the talk.

 

5.    GET WET!:  On Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1 PM Linda will meet with the Lamoine Consolidated School 5th and 6th grade students to show them the power point about the six tests they will be conducting on their well water samples.  On Thursday, March 5, 2020 the students will test their water at stations set up in the gym.  As of the meeting the time for volunteers to arrive at the school was not set,  but will be either 8:30 AM or 9:00 AM.  Linda will contact them when she learns of the time.

 

6.   Electronics recycling event:  Diane contacted Electronics Recycling in Brewer and the date will be Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8 AM-noon.  We will need to pay them $200 to come to Lamoine.  We will set up a voluntary donation box to help defray some of that cost.  We will invite Trenton, Hancock and Sullivan to participate, also.

 

7.   Returnable Container Program:  Larissa will contact Stu to find out which month the LCC can have to get the revenue from the returnable bottles at the transfer station.

 

8.   Maine Coastal Communities Grant:  The deadline is early April.  The grant will be for consultants to help with a shoreline management plan focusing on town owned property.  They can talk with a few homeowners,  too.  The focus will be on biological and erosion issues and planning for rising sea level.  The LCC can be a resource for private landowners in caring for their shoreline.  There might possibly be a demonstration project at Marlboro Beach.  We could possibly ask for $25,000 for the consultants.  Jack will help Larissa and she will bring a draft application to the LCC March meeting.

 

 

 Motions and Outcomes: 

 

1.   The minutes of the January 8, 2020 meeting were approved as distributed.

 

2.   Paying $200 from the LCC treasury for Electronic Recycling was approved.

 

3.   Looking into applying for a Maine Coastal Communities Grant was approved.

 

 

 

Follow-up actions and who will do them:

 

1.   Larissa will contact Jef Fitzgerald to see if the LCC can send two volunteers to the Card Brook Watershed meetings.

 

2.   Linda will contact Sergei Breuss to see if he can give a public talk about the net zero homes he is building in the Blue Hill area.

 

3.   Linda will contact the GET WET! volunteers about the time to arrive at the school on March 5, 2020.

 

4.   Diane will contact Electronics Recycling about how they will be paid.

 

5.   Larissa will contact Stu about which month the LCC has for recycling funds at the transfer station.

 

6.   Larissa will contact the department of Maine Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Department to see if we can apply for the Maine Coastal Communities Grant if the approval of the Lamoine Comprehensive Plan is pending.  She will see which consultants might be available for us to partner with.  Larissa will bring a draft of the grant to the March LCC meeting.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM.

 

Minutes taken by __________________________ and approved on ____________.