The Waldoboro Board of Selectmen, which has been meeting as a four-member group since July, reluctantly accepted the resignation of Selectman John Blamey at the Feb. 23 meeting. Blamey resigned for health reasons.

“It breaks me up just to do it,” said Clinton Collamore, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “We have been very fortunate to have John serve.”

That sentiment was echoed by the other selectmen, Rebecca Maxwell, Theodore Wooster and Robert Butler.

“The citizens of Waldoboro have lost a great selectman,” Maxwell said.

“He was doing so much for the town,” Butler said, adding that he hopes to see Blamey return.

The selectmen even had trouble seconding a motion to accept the resignation, but, with many thanks to Blamey, they accepted the letter of resignation. In his letter, Blamey said it is “not fair” to the selectmen, the town manager and voters to not have a selectman at meetings. It has been about seven months since Blamey attended a Board of Selectmen meeting.

“I have enjoyed representing the citizens of Waldoboro and the board and staff,” Blamey wrote in his letter of resignation. “But full recovery is not assured so I think it is best to resign in time to get a petition signed before the June ballot is printed.”

Nomination papers for seats on the Board of Selectmen will be available March 15. The seat held by Collamore will be up for election, as will a shortened term for Blamey’s seat.

Blamey is known for his service to Waldoboro, which includes organizing Waldoboro Day activities, his watercolors at the Tidemark Gallery, involvement with the American Legion, service on the Economic Development Committee and leadership of the Medomak Community Foundation.

After the emotional start, the selectmen and Town Manager William Post moved on to the business of approving contracts and agreements, endorsing grant proposals, making committee appointments and accepting other resignations.

Selectmen approved a contract with Bruce Hyman Planning Inc. to facilitate the visioning process and find out what Waldoboro residents want their town to look like in 20 years. The contract for $16,480 plus $2,000 for expenses includes three neighborhood meetings, meetings with stakeholder groups, a town-wide meeting, and other research and meetings with town staff. The visioning process is part of the comprehensive plan revision, and the visioning study will be paid from the comprehensive plan fund. Post said the town has never asked residents what they want for their town, and answering this question is important to revising the comprehensive plan.

Selectmen endorsed a grant proposal to Gateway 1 to study implementation of tax increment financing districts and planning for streetscape improvements. Patrick Wright, Waldoboro’s planning and development director, said the town will take what it learns through the independent visioning process and reconcile it with Gateway 1, which is a regional study of Route 1 communities. Wright said this reconciliation is an important step between the town’s vision and action on the comprehensive plan.

A week ago, the Public Utilities Commission awarded Waldoboro a $10,000 energy efficiency planning grant. A condition of the grant was the formation of a Community Energy Plan Committee. On Feb. 23, selectmen appointed four members to the committee: Hans Nicolaisen, Steve Bird, Mark Vannoy and George Seaver. Nicolaisen attended the Board of Selectmen meeting. With the grant, the town plans to undertake an energy efficiency survey of town-owned facilities and implement at least one energy saving measure.

Selectmen agreed to a consent agreement on a shoreland zoning violation. After some mature trees were taken out of the shoreland zone of the saltwater part of the Medomak River, Wright, who is also the code enforcement officer, worked with the Department of Environmental Protection and the landowners to reach an agreement that calls for replanting trees to establish a buffer and a $2,000 fine.

Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer and Marilyn Hillman resigned from the Budget Committee. Hillman moved out of town, and Smeltzer said as the fire chief it would not be appropriate to vote on the budgets of other departments, according to Post.