Selectmen encouraging elected municipal officials to take the oath

When reviewing vacancies at the municipal level, Edgecomb’s elected officials were reminded on November 15 that several filled seats still needed these people to be sworn in. Selectmen reported that the two alternates for the planning board were in place. Selection men had yet to appoint alternates to the ordinance review committee.

City Clerk Claudia Coffin reported that the two newly appointed planning council deputies and Schmid committee members, David Nutt and Rick Nelson, were still not sworn in and that she had not received documents for other people named. Curt Crosby is an appointee. He was recently re-appointed as the Boothbay Area Waste Disposal District Administrator for another three-year term.

Selectmen promised to remind everyone to fulfill their obligations to perform their municipal duties, which includes swearing in. A few unfilled positions are the harbor master and a deputy. Selectmen had planned to discuss possible appointments with the port committee, but the meeting was postponed.

In other actions, the board is planning a meeting on November 29 with the budget committee. So far, four of the five members have indicated that they would like to continue serving on the committee. Returning members include President Jack Brennan and Janet Blevins, Karen Potter and Joe McSwain. Selectman Mike Smith asks for a response from Fran McCue on continuing his committee work.

Selectmen scheduled for December 3 for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. The event is open to Edgecomb Eddy School students, residents, businesses and civic organizations. Selectmen plans to have four people judge this year’s competition. Selectmen will ask local postmaster Bruce Harford, local artist Ramone Warren and Boothbay Register reporter Bill Pearson to continue as judges. Selectmen will also ask the Superintendent of Alternate Organizational Structure 98, Bob Kahler, to serve as a guest judge.

Smith will provide the trees. The contest will end with a tree lighting at 5 p.m. There will be no community chants due to concerns over COVID-19, but selected men plan to serve hot chocolate at school after the event.

Another holiday event has also been added to the municipal calendar. Selectmen will host a community meeting from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on December 11. Selectman Dawn Murray hosted the event at Town Hall so that new residents could meet other members of the community. Murray moved to Edgecomb four years ago. She has served on the school committee and the board of directors. Murray supported an informal event where people can get to know each other and discuss local issues.

“There are still a lot of people I don’t know. Most I know are still from school or from a selection man, ”she said. “I think it’s a good opportunity to meet and get to know more people.” Murray has promised to serve coffee and Selectman Ted Hugger will serve muffins.

Selectmen ended the meeting with an executive session to discuss a legal issue. No action was taken as a result of the session. The Selectmen will then meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 29.

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