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LAMOINE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Minutes of the Meeting
October 13, 2004

Members Present: Carol Korty, Tom Spruce, Fred Stocking, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Donna Theal.
Attendees: Joan Bragdon, Nancy Pochan, John and Susan Wuorinen, Ken Smith

The meeting began at 7:07 p.m.

1. Review of Agenda. No changes as printed.

2. Consideration of the Minutes of August 11, 2004. Move to accept the minutes with one edit, seconded and approved 5 to 0.

3. Consideration of the Minutes of September 8, 2004. Minutes were read by the Chair. Several changes were recommended and duly noted. Move to accept the minutes as edited. Seconded and approved 5 to 0. Fred Stocking will give the edited copy to Rae Dumont to correct and finalize.

4. Listening to the concerns and comments of those attending. Nancy Pochan said that she met someone who was looking for property in the area. She suggested Lamoine, and the person said he would not choose Lamoine because “it’s being developed too rapidly.” Ken Smith mentioned that the Public Works Study Committee was moving forward to recommend purchasing three parcels behind the ball fields (for up to $350,000). There will be a public hearing regarding this purchase at 6:30 at the next Selectmen’s meeting . This could include the DPW site as well. In answer to a question, Ken said the sizes are 1, 20 acres, 1, 3 acres, and 1, 2.2 acres, for a total of 25.2 acres. There is a need to decide on the land offer now as land is becoming scarce for this type of use. Fred Stocking spoke on the Long Range Planning Committee’s decision to not request a moratorium on development. There is a belief that subdivision applications will diminish as waterfront parcels become scarce.

5. Planning Board and Selectfolk Concerns. None mentioned.

6. Report of the Recycling Committee. Donna Theal visited the Solon transfer station . Solon has a market for non-corrugated cardboard. Nancy Pochan visited the Southwest Harbor transfer station. Nancy reported that there is not much difference in their recycling activity and ours, and that they are looking for buyers of their recycling items as we are.

7. Freshwater Initiative. Carol Korty informed us that there are approximately 600 owners of wells on the aquifer or within 1.4 miles from it. There are 250 in Lamoine. The list has been divided into 25 groups and we still need about 10 more volunteers to contact owners. Ellsworth has two volunteers with additional help available from Michele Gagnon’s staff. Pat Wallace said she would do a dozen. Hancock has two women. Barbara Welch of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy said she would present our needs at their next meeting, and she will try to recruit women from the Club d’Hiver in Hancock. Some people have indicated difficulty understanding what needs to be done. Suggestion made to prepare packets with all the necessary information. Have the volunteer meet one of us at Town Hall, and we would walk them through what needs to be done. The Wuorinens and Fred Stocking each volunteered to take on another group.

There is a free New England Grassroots Foundation workshop on how to raise money and interact with communities to be held the weekend of October 30 and 31.

The School water project appears to be stagnant at this time. Rae has been in touch with Jane Disney and Val Perkins. There doesn’t seem to be much interest in the school to work on this project.

8. Preparation for Tolman Talk, October 20th at Lamoine School. The press releases had been sent to Bangor Daily and the Ellsworth American group. Other publicity to get the word out will be emails and posters. Several took posters to distribute in Ellsworth and Lamoine. The program was firmed up, and several people volunteered to take goodies and buy coffee and paper goods for a reception after Tolman’s talk. Fred and Carol would set up a screen take along maps of the aquifer. Decided to ask for volunteers for the Freshwater Initiative and ask for donations toward the matching funds needed.

9. Preparation for November and December meetings. November 10th will be a regular meeting. December 8th, Lynda will contact Michael Goode, biologist, to see if he will speak to us about our wetlands and the birds that frequent them.

Donna Theal mentioned the Firemen’s Dinner on Saturday the 16th.

The meeting adjourned at 8:34.

Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.

Reviewed and approved by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, by a vote of ___ to ___.

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