Lisbon Trails Events and Information

Lisbon Trails Commission Meeting 3/20/2014 7:00 Town Office

Attendance: Joe Normand, Steve Warren, Charlotte Farnum, Trish Suthers,
Roger Bickford (Town Council), Lisa Ward (Town Council chair), Julie-Ann
Baumer (guest), Cale Chattick (guest), Ralph Bard (guest arriving 8PM)
Approve Minutes:
Nov 21, 2013 Minutes Charlotte Farnum motioned to accept, Joe Normand
seconded, passed unanimously.
De 19, 2013 Brainstorm session Charlotte motioned to accept, Joe Normand
seconded, passed unanimously.
Jan 16, 2014 Minutes Joe Normand motioned to accept, Trish Suthers
seconded, passed unanimously.
Feb 20, 2014 Minutes Charlotte motioned to accept, Joe seconded, passed
Agenda updates
Community Groves Grant Application Charlotte thinks this grant is not a
good fit for the Trail Commission. It is for fruit and nut trees and
needs to be in an urban area. Need to be a member of ACTrees in order to
apply. Discussed Tree Canopy Grant, which Joe said we could apply for
again. Lisa suggested we ask the town which specific grants would be a
fit with the Trail Commission. Cale suggested traditional Maine species
like blueberries and native fruit.
Decision: Pass on this grant opportunity and look into others.

Construction update Box culverts are in. Cale said brook by Blethen St
contains tires, barrels; and perhaps we should have a cleanup day. Cale
said there are some endangered species in the area, A type of fish in
stream and fresh water clams. Steve met with foreman and they didn’t
know about protecting the significant vernal pool, but now they will
know to protect it. Correcting the perched culvert near the storage
business to maintain fish spawning area.
Davis Street discussion 196 group needs to do a site walk and coordinate
with the Trails Commission. Council representatives were of the opinion
that a sidewalk will probably go in. Lisa Ward instructed that the
trailer park owner has the right to give an opinion and be heard.
Resident of trailer parks may offer opinions, but renters and trailer
park residents wishes are not to be considered significant to
decision-making. Where will the sidewalk go? Across 196 to Union St. It
should connect to the Park N Ride.

Trail logo The trail is a premier feature in town so it needs clear
signage. Steve showed a sample logo and Cale is going to draw another
for the next meeting.

Council meeting review Discussion about a complaint made by some
townspeople about Steve Warren. Mr. Sherbak felt Steve was bothering him
and went to the Council. There was another complaint that property
owners were not being consulted about projects. Steve clarified that
contact with Mr. Sherbak was at his repeated request to be notified of
significant construction activity and meeting reminders, but has not
attended. The recent contact was the second in about ten years and
related to the extensive construction activity in the area.

196 Master Plan coordination Trail Commission needs to work with the 196
Committee pertaining to the Davis St area.

Planning discussion –

Summer Street Trail: Put on hold for now.

Dog Park Two possible sites for a dog park. One is on the Paper Mill
Trail and the other by industrial park on the new section of the trail.
Tabled for now.

Connections Think about the connections in the downtown area.

Event Planning – Volunteer day – Bike events – Moxie Festival – Routes -
Trail Days
Trail/Park Plan for Androscoggin River Trail review Discussed
previously. Steve will send us what he gave to the council.
GIS mapping status report – The GIS tool is close to being posted as a
link on the town website, largely due to Jay Raitt’s effort. Town is
using Google Earth for GIS and making progress. It will be up and
running in the near future.

Lisbon Bike & Pedestrian Plan visioning Discussion
Infrastructure will be done first and we are waiting for GIS.
Meeting Adjourned 9:30.
Respectfully submitted,
Trish Suthers

Andro.Trail Construction

Lisbon Trails Commission    Meeting 1/16/2013    7:00  Town Office Training or Conference Room


Minutes    -    Attendance    -    Agenda updates

Discussion of next year’s priorities and budget items list

Construction update

Bike events – Routes

Trail/Park Plan for new section

Lisbon Bike & Pedestrian Plan Visioning Discussion

Mission Statement:

The Lisbon Bike & Pedestrian Plan’s purpose is:

To make Lisbon a healthy and conducive environment for non-vehicular travel. This being done through a clear vision of planned infrastructure enhancement, standards, efficiency, continuity, desirability, safety, investment value, education, promotion, coordination and data reporting.

Priorities, goals and objectives

  • Build on strengths
    • Desirability
      • Walkability
        • Bike friendly

      RALA    – Council presentation 1/21

Event Planning


The new Androscoggin River section of the Lisbon trail system is under contract and scheduled to be constructed. You are welcome to participate in the ground breaking on Tuesday, 10/22 at 11:00 – Parking Area at Rte.196/Frost Hill Ave.

The Lisbon Trails Commission is meeting 10/17 at 7:00 – Town Office Training Room

Member of the community are encouraged to participate in the process to promote health and the quality of life in Lisbon. Your participation can help guide our Bike-Pedestrian Plan, Complete Streets Policy, Open Space Access and other issues of concern.

Entrance to the Furbish bench area after site work:

Furbish Entrance 2

Lisbon Active Community Team

Bike Club         -         Group Cycle      -     Wed. 6 PM      -     Leave from MTM and cycle 1 hour around Lisbon’s scenic roads


Commission Meeting Agenda      -      July 18, 2013       7:00

    1. Minutes
    2. Officers
    3. Priorities for the next year
    4. Complete Streets Policy
    5. Construction update
    6. ATRC Bridging the Gaps – Lisbon B/P Plan
    7. Maintenance and enhancements
    8. Events

2013-06-29 Rita's Bench 4Bench CThe Furbish bench installation has been successfully completed!

Thanks to all those who helped make this possible and Rita for her indomitable commitment to enhancing life in Lisbon. Her contribution to civic life here is beyond measure.

Join in dedication of the bench Fri. 7/12 at 5:00

Lisbon Trails Commission – June 20 Meeting 7:00


Attendance – Minutes – Visitors – Agenda changes
Androscoggin Trail construction project report
Feeder Connection Planning
Complete Streets
Connections to Lewiston-Topsham-Durham
Coordination – Planning
-   Miller/Swift/Kelley/LABPC/Durham
Council workshop 5/28 review
Park/Trails Plan – Bylaws 7/2
Trail maintenance issues
- Donation Site A – Wood chip landscaping
- Kiosk information
- Knotweed management – Rodent/disease control
- Ricker Maples – Dieing
- Historic Marker Site – Steps
- Mill Street – Change gate to bollard
- Summer Street – Change barrier to bollard
Trail donation update
Route 196 Master Plan – Final meeting 7/11
Lisbon-Durham Bridge design
Bike/Pedestrian facilities planning
- Bus bike rack – Schedule/stops
- Connections – Center Street to Bauer Street
- ATRC priorities
- Plan Mapping
- Safety
- Coordination of projects and uses
Conservation Commission update

Trail Construction

The Androscoggin Trail construction process is getting underway with strong interest in bidding from contractors. The target for completion of construction of the additional two miles from Papermill Trail to Lisbon Falls is by the end of this construction season. Further progress updates will be posted.

Lisbon – Durham Bridge Replacement

The existing bridge between Lisbon and Durham has been in service for nearly eighty years, so it is reasonable to expect the current design decisions to shape our communities for the next century.

Your support is needed to have the Durham-Lisbon bridge design include bike and pedestrian facilities and safe connections for auto and pedestrian use. The proposed design does not do so and will go ahead, unless public comments show the community considers these important. The alternative connection to Route 196 would allow much greater public access to the riverfront, the Androscoggin Trail, future trail connection to Topsham  and would promote downtown redevelopment. They will only give this option further consideration if it has strong public support.

MaineDOT is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. Anyone with an interest in having the bridge designed to support pedestrian, bike, ATV, snowmobile, public access to the waterfront and tourism can submit their comments to Leanne.Timberlake@maine.gov .

Council Workshop Tuesday May 28th

Trails Commission effort was supported by public attendance and hundreds more through signatures. The Council agrees that the addition of the donation will be a public benefit and should go ahead. The Lisbon Trails Commission will continue as established by the Town Charter with responsibility for making park trails rules, with Council support. Town staff and the Trails Commission selected the site near the boat launch end or the trail, but on a side path with a view to the rapids, as the site for the donation. The donation will be a granite bench with a back and some landscaping to facilitate access. The larger sites for further enhancements, such as the swinging bench, will be available with landscaping.

Contact the Trails Commission if you wish to donate or have grant recommendations.



Trail Is Popular With Many Different Types of Users turtle on trail 2Destructive Invasive Species Devastates Indigenous Ecology When Left Uncontrolled Infestation 7With the help of local volunteers the Trails Commission has cleared an area of Japanese Knotweed, according to UMaine, State of Maine and The Nature Conservancy best practices. The waterfront site and has to date shown great promise as and example of successful non-chemical restoration of natural habitat.

Swing site

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Donations Form

Park Donation Form 1

Park/Trail Donation Form

Town of Lisbon

Do you wish to have a plaque or inscription?

Yes / No

Do you have a preference of item type?

Yes / No

General donations for public use (circle preference): $_______________

Water Fountain

Waste Services



Dog Park

Wood Chips/Mulch






Water Access






Trail Construction

Performance Area


Please provide an explanation of the intent of your donation here or an attached letter:

If you have a preference, please describe or provide a picture, plan or sketch of the desired item on attached page.

Consideration will be given for your preference of location or design. Placement and design must meet the guidelines and locations listed in the Donations Rules and Park Plan.


Do you wish to be anonymous: Yes / No

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Donations Policy

The Lisbon Trails Commission is in the process of establishing a formal process for accepting donations and placing amenities along park trails and public areas. Please visit the Donations page to review the document and provide feedback.

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Trail Management

The Trails Commission is conducting ongoing maintenance and enhancements to the trails, pedestrian, bike and park facilities around Lisbon. Anyone interested is is encouraged to offer input and provide assistance. If you wish to assist in Japanese Knotweed management you will need to know appropriate procedures.

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Trail Meeting Agenda 3rd Thursday 7pm

Town of Lisbon Trails Commission



7pm Lisbon Town Offices

  • Minutes, agenda, attendance
  • Welcome visitors
  • Donation Policy
  • Donation Plan
  • Donation request and design
  • Review of events – clean-up – 196 Master Plan – bridge letter
  • Bus – Seniors bus – Bus Route – Bus bike rack
  • Kiosk management
  • Updates on trail construction
  • Maps and guides
  • Bike and pedestrian planning – Classification – Modifications
  • Trail planning, grant applications and budgets
  • Blog, logo and website
  • Additional funding? partnerships?
  • Council, boards and departments coordination
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Visit the Lisbon Trail System


The Lisbon Trail System welcomes you to visit and enjoy the experience with others who are celebrating the beauty, and you can bring your pet.  If you wish to share your experience or have suggestions, send a comment.

We suggest you explore the Androscoggin riverfront area to consider possibilities for the trail system to promote the many great experiences Lisbon has to offer.  Beaver park, Lisbon Village and and the rail line to Lewiston are connections for future trail expansion. The rail corridor connection from Lisbon Falls to Summer Street Park and Topsham also offer great possibilities for getting around and appreciating the environment.

For more information be sure to visit the kiosk at the Papermill trail head.  You will find maps, guides and educational items to check out. A portable restroom is provided for your comfort.

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                        Lisbon Trails Commission Bylaws 
• In the case of extenuating circumstances, the Board may waive any 
provision of these bylaws by majority vote. The reason or reasons for waiving any portion of the Bylaws 
shall be properly recorded in the minutes of the meeting where such waiver occurs. 
• The Lisbon Trails Commission is duly established by the Town of Lisbon Charter. 
• The Commission members shall consist of up to seven members appointed by the Town Council for 
unlimited terms. − The Secretary will record attendance at each meeting. − A member who fails to 
attend three consecutive meetings without acceptable reason, fails to attend 75% of all regular 
meetings in a calendar year may be removed.
 • The Board shall elect annually by majority vote, one of its members as Chairman and another member
 to serve for a one-year term from the first regular meeting after the beginning of the Town of Lisbon
 Fiscal Year.
 • In the temporary absence or disability of the Chairman, the Board shall elect by a majority vote a
 Chairman pro tem from among its members.
 • Any Commission member shall not vote on an issue in which there is an appearance of conflict of
 interest due to substantial personal financial interest, including that of a close family member.
 • The Commission shall designate a Secretary whom shall record discussion minutes, to be made publicly
 • The Board shall perform such duties and exercise such powers as are provided by town ordinance.
 The Lisbon Trails Commissions shall:
 (a)Evaluate public needs and interest in bicycle, pedestrian, and non-motorized recreational trails.
 (b)Provide public forums for developing and gaining interest in bicycle and pedestrian trails.
 (c)Seek public funding, including federal and state grants, and advise the town council of any funding
 (d)Coordinate volunteers and provide a maintenance plan for any trails constructed.
 (e)Coordinate any pedestrian and/or bicycle trails in Beaver Park or Summer Street Park with the parks
 (f)Meet publicly at least quarterly and provide minutes and advise the town council on trail needs and
 Reference Town of Lisbon, Maine, Code of Ordinances: Part I, Chapter 2 (Administration), Article V 
(Boards and Commissions), Sec. 10
 • Regular meetings shall be held on the third (3rd) Thursday of each month at 7PM in the municipal meeting
 room of the Town Office Building unless otherwise designated.
 • All meetings and workshops shall be open to the public except for executive sessions.
 • A quorum is required in order to conduct a meeting in all matters except for postponement and
 adjournment. A quorum shall consist of three members for the transaction of all official
 business. Board decisions shall be voted by a majority vote of those present after a motion has been duly
 made and seconded. The secretary shall record all motions and the vote thereon.
 • No motion shall be considered passed in any case unless at least three affirmative votes are cast.
 • Additional agenda items may be introduced by any member of the Board during the “New Business”
 portion of a regular meeting. Such item may be considered upon unanimous consent of all of those
 members attending.
 • All Board meetings shall be conducted in an orderly manner.
 • Orderly procedure shall be maintained by the Chairman. 
 • Comments or questions by other interested people in the audience will be allowed as appropriate
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