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Minutes - September 12, 2016 (Draft, subject to correction)

Park Commission Chairman Cathi Goebel called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present:  Parks Commission members Cathi Goebel, Doug Jones, Jeff Cosulich, Maggie Andros and Georgianna Pulver (alternate).  Town resident Stacey Curtis.

Minutes:  The minutes of the May 9, 2016 meeting were approved as written.  Doug moved and Jeff seconded a motion to accept the minutes as written.  Vote in favor was 4 to 0.

Business

1)  Bloomfield Park Issues:  Stacey Curtis expressed his concerns about activities occurring at Bloomfield Park.  He stated that there is a steady stream of people using the park at night, that a large number of people let their dogs swim in the water (prohibited by sign) and that the remnants of a small meth lab and hypodermic needles were found on a trail off Asa's Lane in July.  Maggie also noted that a large number of non-residents are using the park and that according to Julie Herrick, the state park sends people to Bloomfield Park.

The commissioners discussed the meth lab issue first.  Stacey Curtis stated that the Maine DEA and the state police are aware of the situation.  He suggested that the Park Commission do some type of outreach to inform Lamoine residents of the dangers of the meth labs and their residue.  Doug suggested that this information be put in the Lamoine Quarterly, displayed at the next town meeting prior to the start of the meeting and that signs be placed at both parks to make town residents and park users aware of the dangers of these labs.   Maggie will contact the Maine DEA to see if they have any information and/or signage that would address this issue.

The commissioners next discussed the issue of non-residents using the park.  Maggie stated that many non-residents are using the park and that it should be only for Lamoine residents and those non-residents who purchase an annual park pass.   She noted that the Town of Otis has instituted such a policy in their town, including the towing of vehicles not displaying a pass.  Doug noted that the commissioners need to determine the legality of restricting use to residents only.  He felt that this would require action by the selectmen if non-residents are not already banned from using the park by town ordinance.  Cathi will check with Stu Marckoon to see if the park is for resident use only.

Stacey Curtis also requested that the commissioners perform water quality testing of the swimming beach due to the large number of dogs that swim in the area.  The commissioners agreed that this would be a good idea.  Cathi will check into what this testing entails and will discuss it with Stu.

2)  Spring Clean-Up Day:  Cathi reported that seven people turned out for the spring clean-up day at Bloomfield Park.  The picnic tables were repaired, a third garbage can was set out and the area and trails were cleaned up.

3)  Proposed Park:  Cathi reported that she had inspected the proposed park site with Ken Smith, Conservation Commission Chairman Larry Libby and Conservation Commission member Doug Stewart.  Ken Smith is drawing up a plan on how to use the site for a picnic area.  Jeff (also an alternate on the Conservation Commission) noted that there may be a problem with conveying the property to town ownership.  Jeff will follow up on this and find out what the status of the proposed donation is.

4)  Maintenance Needs:  A general discussion of up-coming maintenance needs was discussed.  It was noted that the new dog waste station has been installed at Marlboro Beach.  It was decided that the dog waste receptacles should be removed during the winter months (as are the garbage cans), but the dog waste bag dispensers should be maintained during the winter.  Grills and garbage cans need to be removed for the winter.  Maggie asked about who plows the Bloomfield Park road during the winter.  Cathi will check with Stu about this.  Maggie noted that there are several potholes in the road.  Cathi will also check with Stu on this.

5)  2017-2018 Budget Items:  Items noted were general park maintenance, mowing, brush clearing, dog station supplies and picnic table repair.

Next Meeting:  The next meeting of the Lamoine Parks Commission will be on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

There being no further business, Doug moved and Cathi seconded a motion to adjourn.  Vote in favor was 4 to 0.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Douglas C. Jones

Secretary, Lamoine Parks Commission