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Minutes - December 13, 2021 (Draft, subject to correction)
Parks Chair Cathi Goebel called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Present: Commission members Cathi Goebel, Maggie Andros, Jeff Cosulich, Bob Ehlers, Lori Jordan and alternate Georgianna Pulver, as well as Town Administrator Stu Marckoon.
The minutes of the September 13, 2021 meeting were approved as written. Lori proposed and Bob seconded a motion to accept the minutes as written. Vote in favor was 6 to 0.
Remote Participation Policy:
Opened the public hearing at 6:00 p.m. Stu remarked that the Parks Commission can use the same policy the Selectmen adopted. The Parks Commission would try to attend meetings in person. If one member or more want to attend the meeting remotely and the Chair approves that, the meeting must be made available to the public. Remote meetings were allowed previously due to the State of Emergency. Remote meetings require someone to monitor the computer and allow participants to join. At 6:03 we closed the public hearing. Jeff proposed and Lori seconded a motion to accept the Remote Participation Policy as proposed by Stu. Vote in favor was 6 to 0.
The Budget Committee meets at 6:30 tonight. Stu provided the Parks Commission budget numbers via email. There was an increase in spending due to hiring an outside company to maintain/clean the bathrooms as the town maintenance person was not equipped to clean properly with no water. Stu remarked that went very well using the cleaning service at the end of last season.
Bob inquired about road grading at the parks. Stu remarked that is already in the budget.
The Marlboro Beach kiosk cost of $260 for the three panels with coated metal was way under budget; that amount will roll over in budget. Bob installed the kiosk.
Bob proposed and Jeff seconded a motion to accept the budget as written. Vote in favor was 6 to 0.
There will be a new sign designed with all the Bloomfield Park rules including dogs must be on leash, no dogs on beach between 8:00-5:00, open dusk to dawn, and no overnight parking. The previous sign is missing. Cathi will draft a new sign, check for old signs, and we will vote on it at the next meeting in March. Lori asked about limiting parking. Stu remarked that the number of parking spaces limits the number of cars that can park there and that we would also need to change the ordinance to do that.
Cathi would like to have a skating party in January or February (weather and ice dependent) with Frenchman Bay Conservancy at Bloomfield Park. We would provide hot cocoa and have people help shovel off an area of the pond for skating. We can also introduce people to Whitcomb Woods at that event. Cathi will contact Iris for dates. Stu will put it in the Lamoine Quarterly once we have a date. (Cathi and Iris set the date for Saturday, February 5th with February 6th as the alternate date in case of bad weather.)
Cathi emailed Kat Deely at Frenchman Bay Conservancy about the proposed loop and trail to the water. It is an area that would require very little work, just some trimming of branches and some wood chips needed for May. Bob and Jeff put up some ribbon to mark the trail when the Parks Commission met there in October. Lori may have a source for the wood chips. We can ask Charles Webber or Versant Power. We’ll discuss more at next meeting.
Bob had a concern about the rocks in the parking lot not being placed correctly at Marlboro Beach. The Conservation Commission put up signs in front of the rocks. There was an accident there recently where a woman didn’t see the rocks and got her car stuck on top of a rock. Bob remarked that the rock placement looks like parking spots between them instead of blocking cars from driving past the rocks. The area is not roped off, there are not enough rocks, and the rocks need to be pushed out more. Next year we will need another rope. It would be ideal to get some used fishing rope because it will hold up better in the weather. Cathi will follow-up with the Conservation Commission about the signs and rocks.
2022 Meeting Dates:
Monday, March 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, June 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
There being no further business, Cathi proposed and Maggie seconded a motion to adjourn. Vote in favor was 6 to 0. Meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.
Member, Lamoine Parks Commission