17 vie for Machias manager job

Posted Feb. 25, 2010, at 9:40 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — More than 17 applications have been received for the position of town manager, Aubrey “Skip” Carter, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Thursday.

Current Town Manager Betsy Fitzgerald has accepted the position of Washington County manager, and the search for her replacement began two weeks ago. Carter said he was surprised not by the number of applicants, but by where they were coming from.

“We have them from Arizona, Michigan, Connecticut, Florida, Maine and some locals,” Carter said. “It’s a tough economy, and some of the candidates said that in their applications. They have ties in Maine and want to come back this way.”

Carter said copies of each application have been distributed to board members and the board will meet soon to determine the five or six finalists, who then will be called in for interviews.

At Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting, the practice of town employees, including the town manager, picking up recyclables from area businesses and taking them to the Machias Recycling Center in their personal vehicles came into question.

Solid waste and recycling director Henry Chausse suggested purchasing a 2006 van that could be used to pick up the items, but some selectmen thought it might be opening a can of worms.

With a vehicle specifically dedicated to pick up recyclables, Selectman Glenn Davis said, a lot more people and businesses could ask for pickup service.

Chausse said workers are picking up recyclables from Main Street Discount, Helen’s Restaurant, Guptill’s Logging and Wise Potato Chips, all in Machias, and Elm Street School and Archibald’s in East Machias.

Carter said it would be prudent not to add another vehicle to the town’s insurance and maintenance budgets, and suggested seeking an enclosed trailer.

The board suggested Chausse obtain price options for a trailer and bring them back for discussion.

The board also agreed Wednesday night to accept excise tax payments and registrations for Jonesboro and Whitneyville when the clerk that now provides those services is away in late April.

After the regular meeting, the board and the budget committee reviewed the Police Department, public safety building and ambulance service accounts.

Another budget committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the town office, when the administration and public works budgets will be reviewed.

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