SANGERVILLE, Maine — Lance Burgess, chairman of the Board of Selectman, abruptly resigned at a board meeting Thursday.
Burgess, who has served the town for 10 years and recently chaired some contentious meetings, said he was taking the step because of increased personal and family commitments that prevent him from giving his full attention to the town’s affairs. His resignation was effective Friday.
‘’I’d like to thank the community for allowing me to serve them for 10 years and hopefully we’ll move forward from here,’’ Burgess said.
Burgess also resigned from the town’s Forest Committee but noted that he will continue to volunteer his time to improve the community.
Selectmen voted to hold a special town meeting on June 11 to elect his replacement.
Also at the special town meeting, selectmen plan to discuss an offer made to the town for the purchase of property adjacent to the town’s recreation field. Angie Wells has offered to sell the town a small home that sits on 3 acres of land, which could be used to enlarge the field off Route 23.
Town Manager Michelle Dumoulin said Wells is willing to finance the sale interest-free over four years. The annual payments would be $10,000 each of three years with a final payment of $7,000 the fourth year.
Selectmen also appointed Andy Lovell to the Guilford-Sangerville Water District. They also approved Brian Turner of Willimantic as an alternate licensed plumbing inspector and code enforcement officer.