THOMASTON — The Thomaston Select Board voted in new officers and approved a payment to the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation for the initial feasibility study at their June 14 meeting.

Diane Giese was voted Select Board Chair and Peter Lammert was voted Vice-Chair.

Giese won reelection to the board at the June 8 municipal election. Town Clerk Melissa Stevens swore her in to the position.

Lammert also won reelection to the board of assessors in the same election. Stevens swore him in as well.

The board approved spending $15,000 to pay Thomaston’s share of the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation’s feasibility study as well. This payment will be accompanied by a letter from Town Manager Kara George explaining that the money is only for the study and the town is not joining the corporation yet.

Peter Lammert is sworn in for another term as Thomaston Board of Assessors June 14. Christine Simmonds

The board reached this decision after some discussion on the whether to sign the interlocal agreement and join the corporation.

Board member Zel Bowman-Laberge advocated for the town to sign the interlocal agreement.

Bowman-Laberge said she did not think the board should spend the money on the feasibility study without joining the corporation.

Thomaston’s citizens authorized the select board to move forward with joining the corporation with the results of the recent municipal vote, Bowman-Laberge said.

George asked if the board would consider waiting until after the feasibility study was completed to sign the interlocal agreement. This way there would be a better understanding of what the town was agreeing to when they signed the agreement.

George said she understood the voters passed the question, but the town did not know the corporation bylaws yet.

Town lawyer Paul Gibbons was in attendance, and George said she would like to hear Gibbon’s thoughts on the matter.

Gibbons said he thought it was premature for Thomaston to join the interlocal agreement, and the town would be taking a risk.

Giese said she thought the board should take a leap of faith and sign the interlocal agreement.

When the question was called, only Giese and Bowman-Laberge voted in favor of the town signing the interlocal agreement.

When asked why he did not vote for the matter, Lammert said he was following Gibbon’s legal advice.

The board did vote unanimously to spend the $15,000 on the feasibility study, though, with the letter explaining their position.

The money for this will come from Economic Development funds.

In other business, Thomaston will host a workshop regarding a pesticide ordinance June 21 at 6 p.m.

Board member Sandra Moore suggested the town use the workshop to draft a letter to the legislature.

Moore said the state could regulate pesticides and herbicides better than the town could.

Thomaston resident Noreen Mullaney, who brought the ordinance to the board, said it was never meant to ban the substances, but rather to educate residents.

Mullaney said the board was doing whatever they wanted by trying to change the workshop focus to a letter writing effort. She was not included in the emails about changing the focus of the workshop, when the ordinance was her idea, she said.

Mullaney said she felt it was underhanded.

Bowman-Laberge suggested the discussion be tabled until the workshop on Monday when there was more time.

The board approved a workshop to discuss the use of Thomaston’s anticipated American Rescue Plan funds Wednesday, June 23 at 6 p.m.

The board approved a community picnic and music event at the Thomaston Green July 4.

Dwight Jones was appointed to the Harbormaster position.

Town office hours have changed. The town office is now open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon by appointment and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The next meeting of the Thomaston Select Board will be Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. in the municipal building. The meeting will also be streamed on