Wiscasset codes officer escapes special town meeting with his job, barely

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 9:17 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 13, 2012, at 2:03 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — In close voting Tuesday, residents approved four spending articles on a special town meeting warrant.

Town clerk Christine Wolfe said Wednesday that 222 residents took part in the voting, which was held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The board had approved all four articles, and the budget committee opposed them.

Voters approved $48,674 for a codes enforcement officer, at 25 hours a week. The margin was just seven votes: 114-107.

In June, voters rejected a 30-hour week for the position, at a salary of $54,996. The codes officer is a union position.

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Residents also approved:

• Expending 3/12 of the previous year’s budget, in addition to the 3/12 approved at the June 12 annual town meeting. The vote was 117-105.

• Raising and appropriating for contingency the sum of $50,000. The vote was 125-95. Residents voted against a $60,000 contingency in June. Selectmen pointed out that the fund handles unexpected expenses, such as a failed water heater in the municipal building last year. The budget committee argued that some of that money was going toward raises.

• Raising and appropriating for Lincoln County Television the sum of $5,000. The vote was 120-101. The budget committee said that many people have no access to cable or a dish, but selectmen said that the services allows for transparency in government.


An early version of this story contained erroneous reporting from the Times Record. Christine Wolfe is Wiscasset’s town clerk, not chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen.

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