June 18, 2018
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New Lincoln town manager seeks to improve efficiency

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
William Reed
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — William Reed wants to listen.

Reed will be available before the Town Council meeting on Monday for anyone who wants to meet the new town manager and is compiling opinions from his workers on how their government can improve efficiency, he said Friday.

By September the former Veazie town manager wants to present to councilors for their review a tentative set of goals for town government and the town to achieve.

“I’m trying to be a listener,” Reed said. “I want to hear what people have to say.”

Reed also plans to meet with town organizations and businesses informally to hear any issues they might have with town government, he said. He will meet with the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 3 p.m. Tuesday and encourages other groups to call him at 794-3372 to schedule meetings.

Reed will be available at the town office from 5 p.m. until the council meeting starts at 7 p.m., he said.

As part of his push to reach out to residents, the town will launch a page on Facebook dedicated to Lincoln on Monday. Reed didn’t have its name available on Friday.

“You see a lot of [Lincoln] people [on Facebook]. Some people say we should use Twitter to communicate with residents, but I don’t think it’s really caught on yet around here,” Reed said.

The feedback from Reed’s listening sessions will go into a report he will give to the council during the September meeting, he said.

The Town Council voted 7-0 during a meeting on June 12 to hire Reed with a one-year contract paying $65,000. Council Chairman Steve Clay said that councilors felt Reed was the most impressive among the eight finalists for the job.

He succeeded Lisa Goodwin, who is now Bangor’s city clerk.

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