York elected chairman in WarrenTown seeks ambulance committee members
Warren — The town of Warren's board of selectmen has a new chairman and vice chairman.
On April 16, selectmen elected Michael York as chairman and Edmund LaFlamme as vice chairman.
York replaces Doug Pope as chairman. Pope chose not to seek re-election this year.
In other business, a notice has been posted on the Town of Warren website seeking residents interested in serving on the ambulance study committee.
Town Manager Elaine Clark asks interested parties to contact her by April 25, in the hopes of appointing the committee by April 30.
Volunteers on the committee will be assisted by Richard Petrie, executive director of Atlantic Partners EMS, and one selectman. The committee will seek input from other EMS services in Knox County with the goal of collaborating even more to provide first-responder services.
Selectmen and attendees had questions answered regarding the impending 3.39 percent increase in Warren's share of the Regional School Unit 40 budget.
Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier, Business Manager Karla Miller and school board members Dennis Wooster of Warren and Brooke Simmons of Friendship were in attendance, along with school board chairman Danny Jackson.
"Although the town budget was held to last year's level, the school budget increase of $114,754 will trigger a tax increase," said Clark in an email April 17. The amount has not yet been calculated, according to Clark.
Also addressed at the meeting was whether selectmen needed to be in open session when reviewing and approving concealed weapons permits.
"The answer clearly is no," said Clark, "as these are not public proceedings by statute."
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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 15.