Members Present: Carol Korty, Tom Spruce, Fred Stocking, Lynda Tadema-Wielandt,
Attendees: Joan Bragdon, Mike Garrity, Nancy Pochan, Ken Smith, Susan Wuorinen
The meeting was called to order at 7:32.
- Review of Agenda. No changes noted.
- Consideration of Minutes of October 13, 2004. Move to accept
the minutes with minor revisions. Seconded and accepted 5 to 0.
- Listening to the concerns and comments of those attending.
Ask Antje to have Cold Spring Water Company transfer their $6,000 to the Conservation
Commission as we have begun incurring expenses. We owe a lot in photocopies
and must pay Teresa’s mileage and stipend. Mike Garrity asked to whom
the check should be written – Town of Lamoine, Freshwater Initiative.
Fred S. will track any checks we receive and will thank the people who sent
them.Fred reported on his presentation at a statewide GIS conference about
the COA GIS presentation to the Town as part of last Spring's COA development
class presentation. The points that he stressed to the assembled GIS techies
were the need for the GIS folks to learn to share their information in ways
that less tech-savvy members of volunteer boards could understand, and the
need for specific GIS maps keyed into the subdivision or other permit requirements
of the specific town. A member of the staff at the Mitchell Center introduced
himself to Fred after the program and indicated that he had worked on such
a program in North Carolina and would be willing to come to Lamoine to talk
to town officials about it. Carol Korty mentioned several meetings and programs.
Among them, The Union River Watershed Coalition held a meeting recently and
talked about the clam flats reopening and improvements to the wastewater treatment
plant. On December 4, Maine Rivers were meeting in Lewiston at their Fall
Conference entitled, “Restoring Maine’s Rivers.” Travis
Hussey was speaking at MERI a week from Friday at 7 p.m. Topic: “What
You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.”Carol K. also indicated that she
would be unable to give time to this project since she was in the middle of
rehearsals for a show due to open soon.
- Planning Board and Selectfolk Concerns. Next meeting of
the Planning Board is 12/7/04. Fred Stocking asked how many more subdivisions
are up for review. Mike Garrity said they were done. All passed. Some have
reduced number of lots. All are going ahead.
- Report of the Recycling Committee. Tom Spruce reported
that it is very difficult to find sources for the recyclables. Cardboard is
especially tough. Perhaps we can combine our efforts with other towns, although
the prospect is not encouraging. MDI towns and Trenton (but not Bar Harbor)
have joined into a solid waste district. Let’s consider having Bob Kates,
a professor at Brown, come talk to us in February about these issues.
- Status of Freshwater Initiative. Carol Korty reported on
progress made and status of this initiative. She mentioned that Lamoine needed
volunteers to finish three more sets of 10. Mike Garrity volunteered to do
one set. Ellsworth has 19 sets to go and Hancock has 6 or 7 more to do. Teresa
Thornton will continue to do well-measuring as weather permits. They need
to be done before it freezes. She has already done 19 wells, and has finished
meeting with the gravel pit owners with Tom Spruce. Rae mentioned there seemed
to be pressure being applied to get the study finished, and perhaps Teresa
could find help to do the rest. Lamoine has 150 questionnaires ready to be
entered in the computer. School Water Project. Not active at this time.Fundraising.
Postpone at this time. Not a winter project.
- Review of Drinking Water talk by Andy Tolman and needed follow-up.
Fred S. has sent Andy a thank-you note. The talk was well received with about
25 people attending. After the talk, several people stayed and asked questions.
- Preparation for December meeting. Lynda said that Michael
Good, a local biologist, who had been contacted to speak at the December meeting,
had asked about an honorarium for his talk, something around $100. She said
she would have to ask because the Commission is not funded in any way by the
town and does not have a budget. A member suggested that the Conservation
Commission adopt a policy stating that we do not pay anyone we invite to speak.
So moved, seconded and approved 5 to 0. Lynda will let Michael Good know and
then notify Fred of his decision by Friday.
- Planning for January and February Meetings. Fred mentioned that he had met
Julie Early of the Island Foundation at a recent Annual Land Trust Gathering
in Providence, RI. She is planning to visit the area next summer, and he hopes
she will speak to us.
- The business portion of the meeting formally adjourned at 8:19 p.m. The
rest of the time was used to prepare a number of Freshwater Initiative packets
with letters, questionnaire, forms, etc. for volunteers to use when contacting
Respectfully submitted by Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Secretary.
Reviewed and accepted by the Lamoine Conservation Commission on Wednesday,
January 12, 2004, by a vote of ___ to ___.
Fred Stocking, Chair