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Lamoine Conservation Commission Minutes December 14, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM .

Present: Fred Stocking, Chair, Carol Korty, Tom Spruce, alternate Bob Pulver and Lynda Tadema-Wielandt.

Attending: Associates Joan Bragdon and Nancy Pochan, Planning Board representative Mike Garrett, Ken Smith, Kathy DeFusco and invited guests from Coastal Recycling: Joyce Levesque, Manager; Mary Ann Waldron, Board Chair; and Bob Waldron, volunteer.

1. It was agreed to take the Agenda items out of order to accommodate guests.

5. Trash Issues:

a. Spreadsheet data: Fred distributed a detailed spreadsheet, “Lamoine Trash Facts,” providing a 5-year history of activity for the transfer station and statewide.

b. Town contract summary and flow chart: Fred Stocking distributed copies of “Users of the Lamoine Transfer Station” flowchart showing items accepted for re-cycling, haulers, and where items go. Glass was added to the list that included “cans, plastic, newspaper.”

c. Contact with Coastal Recycling. Tom Spruce introduced the invited guests from Coastal Recycling, and Mary Ann Waldron spoke to the Commission. Coastal Recycling is a full service operation. They offer recycling and universal waste disposal to all their members: Franklin , Sullivan, Sorrento , Winter Harbor , Gouldsboro, Hancock. They are in favor of having additional towns join them. They have voted to waive the capital expense if Lamoine were to rejoin.

The FY 2006 budget established a rate for each town of $6 per person. This is based on the number of year round households and summer households (3 months). They are open three days per week – Wednesday 7-4, Thursday 8 – 4, and Saturday 8 – 4. If towns-people take their own trash to the station, there is a considerable savings on transportation costs. Gouldsboro has pickup service door-to-door, which is very costly. Winter Harbor has a large roll-off and other smaller bins. They hire someone to haul the roll-off to Coastal.

Their recycling program includes the following: all metals including aluminum, cardboard, junk mail, colored and clear glass, #1 and #2 plastic. They are set up to take Freon ($20) and propane ($10 per tank). If Lamoine prefers to use just some of their services, there is a fee per ton. In the past two years, the cost to members has been reduced by 12%. The more towns join, the lower the cost. Even if we choose not to become a member, we can take our recyclables to Coastal at a cost of $48 per ton for cardboard.

We are aware that Lamoine's current contract is expiring in 2006, at which time the cost will increase substantially as we did not have an escalator clause. Discussion followed as to what would be economically feasible to get the recyclables to Coastal. Hiring a hauler like Pine Tree or hiring Rusty Boynton, a local operator, are options to consider. We could go with a smaller hauler because Coastal is just in Hancock. The LCC would give the Selectmen the power to decide what is feasible. Does it require a town meeting vote?

Coastal representatives were thanked for their information and were told we would continue the process.

d. Contact with Acadia Disposal District. No report was available.

2. Consideration of Minutes:

Minutes of November meeting tabled until January.

3. Freshwater Initiative Water Testing/School Project Update:

Bob Pulver presented a grant application that he prepared to submit to Healthy Acadia. The grant requests $895 to use for the purpose of “coordinating a permanent water testing program using students from the local school and conservation volunteers”. The funds would be used for training four teachers, for substitute teachers, water testing kits (150), computer software, and miscellaneous expenses. The intent is to present it to the Board of Selectmen the following night and have them sign it in order to get it in by the deadline of December 31. The grant was well received

Carol Korty reported on her contact with Ellsworth High School . The head of the science department, J.F. Burns suggested she talk with Rhonda Tate.

Mrs. Tate was initially eager to participate in the water testing project but later declined, saying her elective class might not be the best one to involve. Fortunately another teacher, Marti Dayton, is very interested in involving her Applied Algebra classes and has written a letter to the principal, Mr. Connors, indicating how important this program is.

Korty also reported that John Peckenham will have the report of Phase I ready by next week. He indicated that we do need to test water quantity as well as quality. To do so, he suggests 2 monitoring devices for the Gott and MacQuinn pits. The cost is around $1,000 each.

We have told New England Grass Roots Fund that we are going to approach them for more funding. If the gravel pit owners decline to let LCC place the monitors in their pits, Ken Smith suggested perhaps Cold Spring Water Company site could be used instead. Tom Spruce said it would be good to monitor McDermott's pit that sits between the two Gott pits.

4. Aquifer Overlay Protection Ordinance Proposal:

Fred presented two charts, the first, “Aquifer Overlay Ordinance Components,” and a comparison of uses not allowed without a study and uses prohibited outright in the Lamoine failed ordinance of 1999. Fred mentioned that in the Long Range Planning Committee's survey responses, 137 people indicated they were “very concerned” about freshwater issues, and 75 were “concerned”. It was decided at the Work Session held on 11/30, not to attempt to get an aquifer overlay protection ordinance at the regular town meeting in March due to the lack of time to present the proposal to the town.

Carol Korty moved to approve continued work on the Ordinance proposal and thanked Fred for all the work he put into it. Tom Spruce seconded the move. Approved 5 to 0.

6.  Long Range Planning Committee – Review of responses:

There were 263 responses. One of the top issues was concern about traffic. There is pressure to have a town constable. It is no longer safe to walk or ride a bike along the roads. See all results at www.lamoine-me.gov/survey .

7. Concerns of those attending:

Joan Bragdon showed an article from the Bangor Daily News about a citizen movement, H2O for ME, that is calling for a state wide referendum requiring a tax per gallon on water extracted by commercial bottling companies. Poland Spring in particular would be greatly affected.

Fred Stocking mentioned a push on focus species commercial forestry; i.e., high profit trees. This initiative is supported by Maine Audubon and SWOAM (Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine). He also said that the Department of Inland Fisheries has established Bald Eagle Essential Habitat Protection areas, and there is one that affects a small area of Lamoine. The rule states that if there is an application before the Planning Board that is within this area, the Board is to stop permit procedures and get the State to write a habitat analysis before giving the permit. (Contact: Charlie Todd of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.)

Nancy Pochan said that she will attend the next meeting of Acadia Disposal District. She had recently read that the rate of development in Hancock County is near that of southern Maine . She said she would try to get an article in the Lamoine Quarterly about recycling.

8. Planning Board and Selectfolk Concerns:

Mike Garrett mentioned that they were working on getting Lamoine's Shoreland ordinances to agree with the State's. He has been nominated to the PERC board.

9. Planning for January and February meetings:

There are a couple of seminars in January and February that may be of interest. January 3, Right of Way Discovery Grants – Maine State Planning Office. February 4, New England Grassroots Fund is teaching how to raise money.

The Lamoine Conservation Commission, in order to address the various issues that have been brought to its attention, needs volunteers to do some research and help with initiatives. Among them:

Intertidal zone

Access to shore

SWOAM

Signage at Transfer Station on recycling benefits

Bike paths

Literature search on septics

Meeting adjourned at 9:17 PM .

Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.

Reviewed and accepted with minor revisions by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on January 11, 2006, by a vote of 3 to 0.

Fred Stocking, Chair