BELFAST, Maine — The three newly elected and re-elected city councilors were sworn in Monday morning in a brief ceremony at City Hall.
Councilors Roger Lee and Marina DuLune won their re-election bids last Tuesday and joined new Councilor Nancy Hamilton, who won the seat vacated by Lewis Baker, at the event.
Mayor Walter Ash, Councilor Eric Sanders and City Manager Joe Slocum were among the others who attended.
“I’d be glad to help any one of you and all of you,” Ash told the trio.
After the ceremony, Hamilton, who has lived in Belfast since 1998 and telecommutes for her work as an instructional designer for the Eagleson Institute of Sanford, said that her goal as a new councilor is the same thing that spurred her to run in the first place.
“And that is making sure that our tax money, and particularly the surplus, are spent wisely,” she said.
DeLune said she hopes to take more of a leadership role on the council.
“One of my primary goals is to work so that we can retain the socioeconomic diversity of Belfast, she said. “To make it so that young people can live here and thrive here.”
DeLune, who receives disability benefits related to her cerebral palsy, also said that she will continue to work toward making Belfast as energy-efficient as possible.
Lee, a semiretired patent lawyer, said he is looking forward to digging into the city’s long-term plans, including the master plan, the coastal walkway and the railroad corridor.
“The truth is that there are a lot of issues on the list to be looked at,” he said. “I’d like to see us get going on a lot of things.”
The City Council is next scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening for a consideration of Slocum’s request to go into executive session to discuss a legal and an economic development matter.