Combined EMS explored

19 applications received for town manager

Special town meeting set
By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 07, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Interim Town Manager Wes Richardson

Waldoboro — The application review process has begun in Waldoboro to fill the town manager position.

According to interim town manager Wes Richardson, 19 applications were received by the Jan. 24 deadline.

The Board of Selectmen appointed Ralph Johnston, Ellen Winchenbach, Carleton Johnson, and John Higgins to the Search Committee by written vote. Also appointed were Ted Wooster, Carl Cunningham, Eileen Dondlinger, and Richardson.

At the Jan. 28 selectmen meeting, Richardson requested an idea of salary range to fill the position. He noted that area towns have varied ranges.

According to Richardson, Camden pays its town manager $101,000, Rockport's town manager is compensated $80,000 and Thomaston's is paid around $71,000, while Wiscasset's is paid $87,500, Damariscotta's $80,000 and Warren's $75,000.

Finance Director Eileen Dondlinger verified that the base for the Waldoboro Town Manager is now $66,000.

"In today's world and given the local pay rate, I feel we are looking at a $20,000 to $40,000 increase," said Richardson.

"I find these ranges to be very interesting," said Selectman Ted Wooster. "We need a good sales pitch," he added.

"The problem going forward, going through the process, we have to have an idea from the board," said Richardson. "We don't want to miss out on a good candidate."

The entire board agreed to consider the pay based on the candidate's experience.

The interview process will begin in the next few weeks, and Richardson aims to have a decision by the middle of March.

Combined EMS departments examined

Richard Lash, Emergency Medical Services director for Waldoboro, discussed preliminary examination of a combined EMS department in Lincoln County.

"We are exploring and looking at models," said Lash, "to see if we could still offer the same level of excellent service now offered and see if financially this would be a viable option."

Lincoln County Health Care, Miles Campus, and the EMS Service Chiefs from Boothbay Regional Ambulance Service and Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service held an initial meeting.

At the preliminary meeting it was decided that approval to continue the discussion in regards to a county-wide emergency medical service should be sought from town officials for the municipal services and the board of directors for the private services.

"I want to make it perfectly clear that these are only fact-finding discussions," said Lash in a letter to Richardson and the selectmen.

The board unanimously approved 5-0 that Lash continue this exploration.

Special town meeting

The board voted 5-0 to hold a special town meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. on two ordinance articles.

The first article seeks approval to amend the Town of Waldoboro Land Use Ordinance, dated April 2005.

The second article asks for approval to amend An Ordinance Amending the Town of Waldoboro Shellfish Conservation Ordinance, dated June 12, 2012.

YMCA project accepting bids

Local contractors are being sought to bid on the first phase of the YMCA project at the A.D. Gray site. For more information, contact Craig Wilson, executive director of Central Lincoln County YMCA at 563-3477 or via email at cwilson@clcymca.org.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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