Abbot Town Clerk Lorraine Leeman steps down after 17 years of service

Posted March 22, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.

ABBOT, Maine — A round of applause was given to Lorraine Leeman during the annual town meeting Monday in appreciation of her 17 years of service to the town.

Leeman, 68, decided this year to retire from the position, but she has agreed to serve as deputy town clerk.

‘’There comes a time when you know it’s time,’’ she said Tuesday. ‘’Everything was getting so technical and they keep making changes. You just get comfortable with doing something one way and they change it on you and some of those changes I’m not comfortable with.’’

Before assuming the role of town clerk, Leeman served as a selectman for six years.

About 50 residents attended the meeting and elected Basil Patterson over former Selectman Corey Hill in a close vote, 29-26.

Blaire Fagan was returned to the SAD 4 board of directors and Heather Weymouth was elected treasurer. Melissa Hill, the former deputy town clerk, was elected town clerk. Hill received 40 votes to Barbara Brackett’s 13 votes.

Residents voted 39-2 to leave the administration account at $48,570, which means no raises will be provided this year.

The purchase of a compactor for the recycling program was approved, as were funds for a concrete pad for the compactor and a roof over the machine.

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