The Select Board recently worked to establish ground rules and come together as a board after what Chairman Charles “Bunky” Waite called a “challenging year” for the board.
In a statement read at last Tuesday’s regular board meeting, Waite said with the election of Lindsey Perry to fill the seat vacated by Rick Dolliver, it was time for the board to “hit the reset button.”
“It is no secret that the Select Board has had some challenges this last year. We all ran for Select Board because we care about this community and we want what’s best for Ogunquit. In order to be effective as a board we need to work together among ourselves and work together as a community,” Waite said. “We needed to review our performance as a group, and each of us as individuals. To assist with that we called in a facilitator, and have had two meetings thus far.”
Meeting minutes from the June 25 workshop, which was not televised, were approved by the board with a 4-0 vote, but are not yet available on the town website.
Town Manager Pat Finnigan said the Select Board will host two meetings in July aimed at furthering the efforts to improve board communication. A July 9 workshop will be held in executive session with Town Attorney Mary Costigan of the Bernstein Shur legal firm, and will be an orientation for new board member, Perry, as well as a refresher on the roles and responsibilities of the board.
On July 30, Costigan will facilitate a public workshop with the board and interested community members on the right to know and freedom of access laws. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Dunaway Center.
The next regular Select Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 23 at the Dunaway Center.