Veazie sewer trustees call emergency meeting to prepare for election

Posted May 10, 2013, at 7:52 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — Trustees of the Veazie Sewer District have scheduled an emergency meeting for Monday for the purpose of handling some pre-election business.

During the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. at the treatment plant on Hobson Avenue, the board will take the steps needed to kick off the district’s first townwide trustee election.

“Given the short timeframe, we need to be prepared to have the election process — ballots, nomination papers, etc. — laid out and did not want to wait until the regular meeting date to get these steps underway,” Chairman Rob Tomilson said about the decision to call the emergency meeting.

Treasurer James Parker agreed.

“We have to get our nomination papers and ballot ready. This will be shorter than normal but a section was added to the bill [passed by state lawmakers] to allow a shorter period for this one election,” Parker said.

As it stands, trustees are nominated and elected during the district’s sparsely attended annual meeting by residents who live within the district’s boundaries.

As the result of a charter change approved by district customers after a public hearing in February and more recently approved by the Maine Legislature, sewer district trustees from now on will be elected by ballot during the town’s annual elections.

The change takes effect with the town’s upcoming election, set for Tuesday, June 1. Voters will fill the seat currently held by Buddy Webb, who was appointed to former trustee Gary Brown’s unexpired term in January.

The idea behind the trustee election change, trustees said earlier this year, was to involve more residents in the selection process and to give residents the opportunity to get informed about candidates before they are asked to vote.

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