Union selectmen set public hearing for Election Day question
Union — The Union Board of Selectmen Sept. 18 set a public hearing date for an Election Day ballot question on whether to change the town treasurer's position from elected to appointed.
The hearing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the town office, just before the regularly scheduled selectmen's meeting.
Selectman James Justice recommended including a statement at the hearing that would explain the pros and cons of the reasoning for the proposed change.
In other business before the board, during the public forum part of the meeting, resident James Salsman suggested that the town's bid-opening policy be changed.
"Contractors wouldn't have to take time off during the day to attend bid openings," he said.
At present, the town manager opens the bids. Salsman's proposal would have bids opened by the selectmen. The board considered that the switch could delay bid awards since the selectmen meet only twice a month.
"It would also help with any other possible problems with sealed bids," Salsman said.
Board Chairman Elmer Savage said bid openings are all public. Salsman said the issue was brought to him by another person.
"Can you tell me what the problem is?" asked Savage.
"One man feels he's been treated unfairly," Salsman said. "Do I have to spell it out?"
"You're insinuating things I don't like," Savage said. "It bothers me that there is a suggestion there is [a problem]."
Town Manager Jay Feyler said bids are opened in the lobby of the town office in front of the staff, right out front where anyone can see the process.
After further discussion, Savage said the board could consider the change and put it on a future agenda.
In another matter, the board named Feyler to be an official voting delegate to the Maine Municipal Association's annual convention. Selectman Lyle Cramer will be the alternate.
Feyler announced that the Maine Municipal Association had given the town an Award of Excellence for its 2012 annual report design and content. The report was prepared by the town clerk's office.
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