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Solid Waste Corp. defends St. Clair in wake of concerns about potential conflict of interest

Jun 12, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham From left, the OHSTT Board of Directors includes Gordon Connell and Walter Reitz of South Thomaston, Beverly St. Clair of Thomaston, Chairman Bruce Colson of Owls Head, and Ronnie Porter of Thomaston at the Feb. 28 meeting.

Thomaston — The Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston Solid Waste Corp. issued a letter to boards of selectmen June 11 addressing concerns raised about Beverly St. Clair serving on the board while being part-owner of Thomaston Recycling Inc.

"As you may know, recently there have been questions asked regarding Selectwoman St. Clair serving as a board member on the OHSTT Solid Waste Corp. Ms. St. Clair is a member of the select board for the Town of Thomaston and part owner of Thomaston Recycling Inc.," the letter said.

"Prior to bringing Ms. St. Clair onto the OHSTT board, the Town of Thomaston and OHSTT checked with our respective attorneys about whether her appointment would be a conflict of interest. Both attorneys agreed that as long as Ms. St. Clair abstained from voting on issues involving new T.R.I. business, that there would be no conflict of interest. There are checks and balances in place within the Town of Thomaston and for OHSTT. Ms. St. Clair does not and will not vote on whether or not T.R.I. should get a contract from the Solid Waste Corp.

"All members of the Thomaston Board of Selectmen and the OHSTT sign warrants requiring reimbursement for expenditures of payment for services rendered. By signing a warrant authorizing payment to T.R.I. for existing contractual obligations, she is simply performing an administrative function. However, when there are instances where a vote or input is required in a matter related to new T.R.I. business, Ms. St. Clair will abstain from voting to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

"Ms. St. Clair brings valuable experience to OHSTT's Board of Directors. It is like having an accountant on the budget committee. She knows and understands the issues that we deal with because of her background and we are lucky to have her assisting our efforts."

The letter is signed by Chairman Bruce Colson and Vice Chairman Gordon Connell.

St. Clair co-owns Thomaston Recycling Inc. with her partner Scott Johnson. Since Feb. 28, she has also served on the board of directors for the Owls Head-South Thomaston-Thomaston Cooperative Transfer Station in Thomaston, replacing prior board member Peter Lammert. Lammert had come under fire about an issue with the new stickers for the transfer station.



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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 12, 2019 12:43

Pete will be missed.

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