May 23, 2018
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Goodrich to chair Houlton council

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — Two newly elected town councilors cast votes Wednesday afternoon to elect a longtime businessman and public servant chairman of the council.

On Election Day, incumbent Nancy Ketch retained her seat on the council, and Frederick Grant bested Phil Bernaiche for the second seat. The two were present Wednesday afternoon when the new council held an organizational meeting to reinstate municipal officers to their positions and elect a new council chairman and sec-retary.

During the brief meeting, Councilor John Fitzpatrick nominated Walter Goodrich to serve as chairman. Goodrich was first elected to the council in 2005 and has served as chairman of the town’s planning board and is past president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Councilors voted 6-0 in favor of Goodrich, with only Councilor Paul Romanelli absent from the meeting.

Ketch was selected to serve as council secretary.

Both Grant and Ketch also were appointed to be directors of the Shiretown Development Corp. The SDC board functions as an economic development arm for the town.

In addition to being a councilor, Ketch served for 12 years as executive director of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce and is president of the Houlton High School Alumni Association board. She is involved with a number of organizations and committees.

Grant, a 12-year veteran of higher education, created to help college students find part-time jobs and colleges manage their part-time off-campus job postings. He also is involved with a number of organizations and committees.

During the meeting, the council also voted to appoint a number of people to various positions within the town.

Among the decisions, councilors reappointed Cathy O’Leary to serve as town clerk, election warden, deputy treasurer and general assistance administrator. Nedra J. Hanson retained her positions as treasurer, deputy tax collector and deputy election warden. The law firm of Severson, Hand and Nelson will serve as the town’s at-torney.

The council voted to retain the same meeting dates and times as past councils. Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, beginning at the town office.


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