Waldoboro selectmen on April 26 took care of regular business (votes on ordinances, appointments and to set hearings) and some unfinished business (what some see as citizen comments that have gotten out of control).

For several years, the top of the meeting agenda has been for citizen comments for items not on the agenda. Chairman Rebecca Maxwell said the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen would stop allowing those citizen comments if they got out of control.

“Taking the citizens’ comments off the agenda is not fair to the people in this town that want to get up and speak about things that are important,” Maxwell said at the opening of the April 26 meeting. “In all my 72 years I have never heard such verbal abuse toward our select board. We are human beings and are entitled to our views as much as any other citizen in this town. We pay taxes too. So tonight if one person says anything against any other person in this room they will be asked to leave, and if not, I will ask the chief to remove them. We are here to discuss town affairs and not any of the select board members.”

Several citizens spoke up during the citizen comments part of the April 26 agenda. William Maxwell thanked the town for a recent honor at the Grange. John Higgins asked about the broadband program, the ad hoc insurance committee and job descriptions for public works employees. Denis Blanchet asked about the vote to fund the downtown master plan and the Route 1 median project.

On April 28, Chairman Maxwell said this week’s meeting went well after she laid down the law: two minutes to speak, no personal attacks, no monopolizing a meeting, and no more comments at the same meeting on an issue that has been settled.

Maxwell said April 28 that citizen comments will remain on the agenda because to remove it would not be fair to citizens with legitimate concerns.

She said as chairman, she will stick to those rules for citizen comments, and has the rest of the board behind her. “Citizens have the right to speak but not the right to monopolize [a meeting],” Maxwell said April 28.

Maxwell said citizens can talk to the interim town manager and the administrative staff if they want to add an item to the agenda of the Board of Selectmen. She said citizens can continue to give input on agenda items that selectmen discuss and vote on.

Selectmen took a half-dozen votes at the April 26 meeting. The selectmen are Chairman Maxwell, Theodore Wooster, Robert Butler, Craig Cooley and Steve Cartwright.

Selectmen approved a shellfish ordinance change to require six hours of conservation work, from four, starting next year as a condition to get a shellfish harvesting license. Four of the hours must be for reseeding work.

Selectmen appointed representatives to the Midcoast Economic Development District. The representatives were Misty Gorski, planning and development director, and, until a new town manager is hired, Jennifer Merritt or Bill Pacy.

Selectmen voted to put a PACE (property assessed clean energy) ordinance on the June town warrant.

Selectmen approved the town meeting warrant. Selectmen set May 24 as the date for a public hearing on the election warrant articles.

Selectmen also set May 10, their next meeting, as a public hearing date for several liquor license renewals.