THOMASTON — Thomaston will hold a series of public workshops to bring together people on “all sides of the Thomaston Green issue,” according to Mathew Eddy, and “establish a plan for the community to move forward.”

Eddy, Executive Director of Midcoast Council of Governments, received approval from the Thomaston Select Board Aug. 22 to hold these workshops. He will be acting as moderator of the meetings, paid for by the dues Thomaston pays as a  member of Midcoast Council of Governments.

The first workshop is Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Lura Libby room at the Thomaston Municipal Building.

The Thomaston Green, the informal name given to the Route 1 former prison site, has been the subject of multiple votes over the past few years. The most recent vote on the space was June 14. Eddy said this vote left the town with a “split community.”

These workshops provide a neutral setting for community participants to present as many different perspectives of the Thomaston Green as possible.

The first workshop on Sept. 15 includes a history of the Thomaston Green, a “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats” (SWOT) analysis and a prioritizing exercise.

The Sept. 29 workshop includes a presentation of the SWOT report, topic discussions and prioritizing the action steps.

The Oct. 26 workshop includes the action plan drafted by the MCOG staff to be presented to the Select Board for their consideration. Components include defined actions organized by priority and timing, financial resources needed to implement the action, responsible parties, time frame to complete the action, and benchmarks.

The workshops are paid for through MCOG’s technical assistance program with matching funds from Thomaston’s MCOG membership dues.

MCOG Executive Director Mathew Eddy has more than 40 years of experience in local, regional and state planning and development, most recently as the Planning and Development Director in Biddeford. He has worked extensively throughout the region, including tenures in Brunswick, Bath, and Camden.

Eddy has experience in land use planning, economic and community development, housing program delivery, land trusts and environmental planning, transportation planning and grant development and programming. Eddy lives in Brunswick with his wife and two daughters.