May 30, 2020
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Machias selectmen begin town manager search

MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Board of Selectmen is officially looking for a new town manager.

Current Town Manager Betsy Fitzgerald is now juggling the position with serving as the new Washington County manager, a post she was named to last week.

Fitzgerald said Thursday that the town manager’s slot is already being advertised on the Maine Municipal Association’s Web site and will be advertised this week in local publications, including the Bangor Daily News.

“We’ve already had three or four expressions of interest,” Fitzgerald said.

Meanwhile, the board is getting ready for its annual town meeting. Budget deliberations began Wednesday night, with departmental reviews, and voting was set for June 8, to coincide with the statewide primary.

The town meeting will be held at the Machias Memorial High School gymnasium the evening of June 9. A time has not been determined.

The board also has decided to have public works employees hand-deliver a copy of the annual town report to each residence in town.

Nomination papers for a single selectman’s seat, that of board member Warren Gay, and school board positions, will be available March 15.

In other business, Fitzgerald said, the board awarded the $10,940 contract for preliminary survey work of a proposed riverwalk along the Main Street side of the Machias River to Jason Langley of Sunrise Environmental LLC of Machias.

The preliminary work is part of a $20,000 Maine Department of Transportation grant for small harbor improvements the town obtained last year.

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