CAMDEN — The two new members of the Camden Select Board raised questions Tuesday, June 21 about a mix-up in the documents in the Select Board packets concerning the Megunticook River restoration project.

One of the last items on the agenda was “Consideration of revised scope of work and budget for Phase 1 for the Megunticook River Restoration Project.” The board had voted May 24 to hire “Source to Sea Consulting” at a cost not to exceed $20,000 to work on the restoration project.

That firm has since had to pull out due to a personal issue with one of its leaders. The town may work with another firm, Forrest Bell, or Biohabitats.

It was noted at the meeting that Forrest Bell could do the work for about $18,000. There was also mention of the possibility of Forrest Bell and Biohabitats partnering.

One of the firm’s primary goals would be to set up the Megunticook River Restoration Task Force. Select Board member Sophie Romana has been communicating with the firms in this process and noted to them, concerning the committee: “The Town of Camden may provide a few key stakeholders/partners to be included/represented (for instance, Save the Dam Falls group, business representatives, Camden Yacht Club Sea Level Rise Committee, representatives of the Wabanaki and other relevant First Nations, fish management organizations, etc…).”

Stephanie French and Tom Hedstrom had just been sworn into the Camden Select Board that night, and they had just received their town computers for doing town business.

French spoke up saying she needed more time to review the information before she could support hiring the firm. She said she and Hedstrom had received inaccurate information in their packets. Apparently, at one point a document had been included in some or all of the Select Board packets that stated the town was looking for a partner for, among other things, “communicating with Camden’s technical consultant, Interfluve, around the engineering and design for the removal/partial removal of the Montgomery Dam, redesign of the Harbor Park seawall for resiliency to climate change, removal of the Knowlton St. or Knox Mill Dam, and fishways on other barriers in the river system.”

Romana and Falciani said this document was not what was given to the consultants and was some older document that should not have been placed in the packets. One theory was that it was some notes from Town Manager Audra Caler, who has been out on maternity leave.

Romana wanted to see the new consultant voted on that night. Falciani agreed that it needed to move forward saying, “We’ve been talking about it too long.”

“The most important thing is transparency to the public,” Hedstrom said. “What is the origin of that document.”

Falciani said he had no idea and Romana said it was notes from Caler.

Vice Chair Alison McKellar ultimately said she understood wanting to wait on the decision until the new board members had a chance to study it. She said there has been pressure on the Select Board from both groups — Save the Dam Falls and Restore Megunticook — to get the task force going.

The board voted 5-0 to table the discussion until July 6.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to name Falciani chair and McKellar vice chair again, the June 14 election having just taken place.

Former Select Board member Marc Ratner, who had run on June 14, wished the board the best in going forward and expressed his thanks to the elected officials, town staff, volunteers and the community (see our letters section in the June 30 edition of the Camden Herald). He also noted the importance of the transfer of power.

The board voted to reappoint town officials for the year including the town manager, road commissioner, harbormaster, Police Chief, Fire Chief and town attorney.

The board approved a bond through the Rural Utilities Service for up to $12.5 million for upgrades and repairs to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The board split 3-2 on two votes concerning plans for a new paid parking program on the Public Landing. French and Hedstrom, as the new members of the board, voted against the plan. Falciani had noted that the program was a pilot program to gather info on whether that would help the rest of the town with parking issues.

Hedstrom said it changes the feel of the town and he does not see the problem with the existing two-hour parking. He said this could mean a person getting a ticket and just being more inconvenienced.

Romana said better managed parking could help keep the town from losing visitors who would otherwise not stop because there is no available parking.

Camden Deli owner Tom Rothwell said he felt a kiosk to charge people for parking would hurt his business. He said the town only has a parking problem two months out of the year.

Falciani and Romana argued the goal of the pilot program was to gather information as the town continues to look at parking options.