Highland Lake Education and Outreach Committee Minutes of March 22, 2018

posted Apr 7, 2018, 11:19 AM by Joseph Bickard   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 3:51 PM ]

Highland Lake Education and Outreach Committee

Minutes of March 22, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Falmouth Town Hall


Members present: Heather True, John Maclaine, Kimberly Darling, Gretchen Anderson, Rosie Hartzler, Donna Chapman, Chantal Scott, Nancy Lightbody, and Dennis Brown (by phone)


·      The minutes for February 14, 2018, were unanimously accepted as written.


·      Feedback from the Public Forum on March 21, 2018

o  Great questions from the audience

o  Good crowd attendance, especially since it had been postponed: just under 100

o  3 town council members were present

o  The Facebook filming was difficult to hear

o  Kudos to Craig on his facilitation skills and how he kept the people on track

o  Possibility of a second forum to be organized later in the year


·      Development of timeline for the next six months

The discussion focused on setting up educational opportunities with road associations.


April: Meetings with road associations

      Dennis to reach out to the leaders, ask for their concerns, and with our help develop a 15-minute presentation

May through September: Technical assistance

      John to conduct private road workshops and extend technical assistance with specific issues that the road associations have written down

Late May/June: Focus on residential topics in meetings with road associations

      Chantal to get a group together to formulate an action plan

July/August: Second round of meetings with road associations

September/October: Educational workshops with trainings on different topics

o  How to form a road association

o  Legal issues (i.e., going over the regulations about what the town can and cannot do in regards to private roads)

o  Q and A: What issues do the road associations have?


            Potential topics for road association meetings

o  Engaging people in the project of upgrading the road

o  Finding ways for improving how road associations interact

o  Introducing the need for road associations to have insurance

o  Importance of road associations becoming statutory road associations

o  Establishing a point of contact for each road association


            Questions that came up

o   Can the town mandate that a road association be required to meet certain standards because of the lake issues? 

o   What about the possibility of the town(s) helping with road upgrade?

o   Can the DEP step in when the property is infringing on lake health?


            Possible resources for road association meetings

o   CCSWCD has held road association workshops to educate and give legal advice

o   Maine Alliance for Road Associations

o   Lakes Environmental Association


·      Other topics discussed

o   Youth Conservation Corps: Chantal talked about a possible resurgence of a YCC-type organization for a projected focus on buffer projects after the Watershed Survey.


o   Limnology class: The possibility of a community limnology class with Karen Wilson was also mentioned, but this will be discussed later.  



  • Upcoming events

§  Watershed Survey: May 19

§  Highland Lake Association annual meeting: July 19


·      Upcoming HLLT meetings

§  April 5 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in Falmouth: Next EOS meeting

§  April 12 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in Windham Town Hall: Full HLLT meeting