Search still on for Waldoboro planning director

Public hearing Aug. 26
By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 15, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs updates the Board of Selectmen on open positions on some Waldoboro town committees. Also pictured are Chairman Clint Collamore and vice chairman Jann Minzy.

Waldoboro — Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs announced that she has reopened the Planning and Development Director search for the Town of Waldoboro.

"I am bringing candidates to the board as soon as possible so we can get these committees up and running," explained Briggs at the Aug. 12 Board of Selectmen meeting.

There are currently four positions open on the Conservation Commission, one until 2015 and three until 2017; the Board of Appeals, one until June 2019; and two positions on the Planning Board until 2017; as well as the Planning and Development director.

In other business, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, and where applicable, Flood Insurance Study report, reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Lincoln County.

These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of base flood elevations, base flood depths, special flood hazard area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway.

These flood hazard determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that Waldoboro is required to either adopt or show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Before these determinations are effective for floodplain management purposes, residents have a statutory 90-day period to appeal the proposed information.

Briggs said the town sent out post cards to affected property owners and reiterated the 90 days started Aug. 6.

For information on the 90-day period, as well as a complete listing of the communities affected and the locations where copies of the FIRM are available for review, residents are encouraged to visit FEMA’s website at fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange(FMIX) toll free at 1-877-336-2627.

Bid award

Public Works Director John Daigle submitted two sand and gravel bids he had received. The selectmen voted to award the contract to FC Work and Son of Jackson. The town budgeted for 5,000 cubic yards of gravel and 3,000 cubic yards of sand. FC Work and Son came in at $2.60 per cubic yard, while LD Fraser Inc. of Damariscotta bid $2.75 per cubic yard plus a $500 set-up and breakdown fee.

Cemetery Committee meeting

Briggs said the Cemetery Committee will meet Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. to have open dialogue on how to best make certain veterans' plots are properly taken care of.

Public hearing set

Selectmen voted to hold a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. to update the General Assistance Ordinance to replace the current one dated 2003. This meeting will precede the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

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 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 14.

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