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Minutes - February 15, 2016 (Draft, subject to correction)

Park Commission Chairman Cathy Goebel called the meeting to order at 6:45 pm.

Present:  Parks Commissioners Cathy Goebel, Doug Jones, Julie Herrick and Maggie Andros and Administrative Assistant to the Selectmen Stu Marckoon

Minutes:  The minutes of the October 20, 2015 meeting were approved as written.  Doug moved and Cathy seconded a motion to accept the minutes as written.  Vote in favor was 4 to 0.

Old Business

1) Special Events Permit Applications Revision:  The proposed revision of the permit application, as developed by Doug, was reviewed and discussed at length.  Doug reviewed the history of the proposed changes dating back to 2013.  Specific areas of discussion were the proposed fees structure, refundable deposit, and the proposed rule on fireworks.

Stu stated that he has had no problems in the past with permittees that would require the need for a refundable deposit and that the current fee schedule adequately covers the costs related to the administration of the permit.  After some discussion concerning the relative merits of both a refundable deposit and increased fees, the Commissioners decided to keep the current fees ($25.00 & $50.00) and to not require a deposit.

Doug noted that state law requires individuals using consumer fireworks on someone else’s property must have the consent of that landowner.  Stu stated that the town does not currently ban consumer fireworks.  Doug noted that the Commissioners have no mechanism for enforcing a ban on the use of these fireworks in the parks if they wanted to institute one.  The Commissioners agreed that the proposed language prohibiting the use of fireworks, except by the express approval of the Selectman, reflects both the current state law and the Town’s lack of prohibition or regulation.

Doug moved and Cathy seconded a motion to accept the draft revised permit application as written, but with the current fee schedule and without a refundable deposit.  The motion was approved.  Vote in favor was 4 to 0.

Doug will forward an electronic copy of the final version of the permit application to Stu.

2)  No Camping Sign:  Stu stated that he had acquired the “No Overnight Parking or Camping” sign for Lamoine Beach Park.  The Commissioners agreed that the sign should be placed on a separate sign post at the park.  Stu will have Town Facilities Maintenance Director Rick Gallegos install the sign in the spring.

3)  Cooking Grills at Lamoine Beach Park:  Stu stated that he believes Rick has removed all the grilles and has stored them in the Town garage for the winter.

4)  Policy Setting:  Cathy asked what the process was for setting park policies.  Stu stated that for major issues, the commission would give their proposals to him and he would present them to the selectmen, but that minor issues could be handled within the commission itself.

New Business

1)  Dogi-Pot Station for Marlboro Beach:  Cathy brought up the need for a Dogi-Pot Station at Marlboro Beach Park.  Doug noted that former chairman Christa Brey had received a complaint concerning the lack of a station at the park.  No vote was taken on the issue.

2) Park Supplies:  Doug stated that Christa notified him that she had park supplies (paint, stain, paint brushes, etc.) in her garage.  Doug has contacted Rick to get the supplies from Christa and will follow up to see if that has been done.

3)  Spring Clean-Up Day:  The need for a spring clean-up day at Lamoine Beach and Bloomfield Parks was discussed.  Stu stated that in the fall the state does an annual coastal clean-up of the beaches using volunteers.  Doug noted that this is restricted to the beach areas and does not include the park area at Lamoine Beach.  Further discussion was tabled until the next commission meeting.

Next Meeting:  The next meeting of the Lamoine Parks Commission will be on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Douglas C. Jones, Secretary, Lamoine Parks Commission