On August 18, 2020, the City Council passed second reading of Ordinance #1-20/21 to create the Open Space Acquisition Committee (OSAC).  The ordinance goes into effect on September 8, 2020.

Duties of the OSAC shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identification of private properties for potential future acquisition as open space land;
  • Outreach to private landowners about their interest in land sale or conservation;
  • In consultation with appropriate City Department Heads or staff and under the direction of the City Council, conduct evaluations of private properties for open space value;
  • Collaborate with the South Portland Land Trust and other similar organizations as stated in the Open Space Plan to support the acquisition of publicly accessible open space land;
  • Review the Land Bank account funds and activities, at a minimum annually;
  • Seek out funding strategies for open space acquisition funding;
  • Make recommendations for potential acquisition projects to the City Council; and
  • Prepare a report outlining open space acquisitions for submittal to the South Portland annual report and the Conservation Commission annual report.

This committee is currently seeking members.  Voting members serve three year staggered terms. If interested, please fill out an application at the City Clerk's office or online.

A quorum shall consist of seven (7) members, at least six (6) of whom shall be voting members.   All meetings of the committee are open to the public.  Agendas and minutes will be posted to this page. 

Membership:
There may not be more than 3 resident members from any one voting district. 

Katherine Perkins South Portland Conservation Commission South Portland Conversation Commission October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2021-October 2024)
Tom Blake                                                 South Portland Land Trust South Portland Land Trust October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2022-October 2025)
Valerie Beggs Resident  Councilor Leighton October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2021-October 2024)
Hillary Barter Resident (District 2) Councilor Lewis October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2021-October 2024)
Chelsea Scudder Resident (District 4) Councilor Pride October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2022-October 2025)
Andrew Fersch, Chair Resident (District 4) Councilor Caricchio October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2022-October 2025)
Jeanne Fiorini Resident (District 4) Councilor Dhalac October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2020-October 2023)
Vacant Resident Councilor Bruzgo October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2020-October 2023)
Dan Hogan Resident (District 2) Councilor Henderson October 2020, then 3 year term (October 2020-October 2023)
Vacant                            City Councilor (non-voting) City Councilor 1 year term
Karl Coughlin, Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Vacant, Planning Department
Planning or Parks/Recreation/Waterfront Staff Member (non-voting) City Staff  Indefinite term

 

Agendas & Minutes

 

File Name Date Added File Size
OSAC Agenda 06-15-21.pdf 5/14/2021 53.43 KB
OSAC Minutes 05-11-21.pdf 5/14/2021 18.69 KB
OSAC Agenda - 5.11.2021.pdf 4/27/2021 57.18 KB
OSAC Minutes April 13th, 2021.pdf 4/27/2021 19.74 KB
OSAC Agenda 4-13-21.pdf 3/24/2021 55.30 KB
OSAC Agenda 03-09-21.pdf 2/24/2021 55.45 KB
OSAC Minutes 02-23-21.pdf 2/24/2021 17.35 KB
OSAC Minutes 02-09-21.pdf 2/19/2021 60.52 KB
OSAC Agenda 02-23-21.pdf 2/19/2021 52.94 KB
OSAC Agenda 02-09-21.pdf 1/29/2021 292.29 KB
OSAC Agenda 11-10-20.pdf 11/4/2020 77.94 KB
AMENDED ORDINANCE #01 - Chapter 2 - Open Space Acquisition Committee Revd 08-03-20.pdf 8/28/2020 54.81 KB