When the Camden Select Board meets Tuesday, June 21 its members will hear a presentation from Peter Lindquist for a proposal to hold a Camden GreenDrinks event in July. GreenDrinks events offer young adults between the ages of 25 and 40 a chance to mingle and learn what local groups are doing to add vitality and sustainability to the region.

Smith makes retirement plans official

The following is the text of the letter from Town Manager Roberta Smith to the Camden Select Board dated June 1, and released to the press June 15.

Dear Karen, Deb, John, Martin and Morgan:

This will confirm my decision to retire in October 2011. I have worked in local government management in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine for 30 years; it is time to take a break.

In the nine years I have been in Camden I have worked with many great elected officials, committee volunteers and staff. Together we have upgraded roads and sidewalks, bridges, drainage systems, wastewater facilities, harbor facilities and access points, parks and recreational facilities and dams. We have renovated Administrative office space, the Public Safety Building and the Public Works garage; we have acquired and upgraded a hydro-electric facility, lived through the Route 1 reconstruction, funded and managed a Brownfields cleanup, and conducted a town-wide reassessment. We have studied service delivery, energy, and economic development; we have planned, strategized and developed ordinances and capital improvement plans. Finally, we have tightened budgets and achieved recognition for financial accounting.

None of this would have been possible without everyone’s commitment to good government, and I commend the community for that. As I leave I see many exciting opportunities on the horizon for Camden. I wish you all the best.

Years ago when I was in Graduate School at the Muskie School I made a conscious decision to pursue work in different states for the experience and educational value of that experience. Thank you for allowing me to come home to Maine to top off my experiences in Camden.


Roberta Smith

Camden Town Manager

The first GreenDrinks event was held in North London in 1989. Now more than 525 cities in 51 countries hold such gatherings.

The board will hold a public hearing regarding the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Communities for Maine’s Future grant program. Property owners Stuart and Marianne Smith, together with the town of Camden, are seeking to apply for the $400,000 grant to help renovate the Bay View Street Garage, a large brick block on Bay View Street that was the former home to Bayview Cinema.

The property at 16 Bay View St. was once home to a three-story car showroom and garage and is now occupied, in part, by Peter Ott’s Restaurant and a retail store.

The board will also reconsider the designated site for tour buses to drop off and pick up passengers, and will review bids for a Camden Police Department truck and a replacement boiler for the Public Safety Building.

The Select Board will formally reappoint several officials, including the town manager, road commissioner, harbormaster and assessors’ agent and will confirm the town manager’s appointments of the treasurer, tax collector, town clerk and department heads.

Acting as wastewater commissioners, the board will review and approve the fiscal year 2012 wastewater budget.

The June 21 meeting of the Camden Select Board will begin at 7 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room and will be broadcast on Channel 22.

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