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Thomaston controversy
  • Published
    June 13, 2019

    Selectman resigns, Thomaston holds town meeting

    The selectman at the center of recent controversy in town government, Beverly St. Clair, has resigned. This news comes as the town voted on its annual business June 12 at town meeting with more than 100 in attendance. Town Clerk Kara George began the meeting by swearing in Bill Hahn and Sandra Moore as selectmen, and announcing that although Scott Johnson was elected to the Board of Assessors, he had declined the ...

  • Published
    June 12, 2019

    Thomaston reeling in wake of resignation

    Town Manager Valmore Blastow Jr. has been an institution in the town of Thomaston. He started with the town as code enforcement officer is 1991 and rose to town manager in 1993. His resignation letter May 23 would have been a bombshell to the town even if it had not included accusations aimed at a member of the Board of Selectmen in the town and an attached police report. This marks the end of an era for this ...

  • Published
    June 12, 2019

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

    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 ...

  • Published
    June 6, 2019

    Selectmen's vote doesn't change town manager resignation

    Although the Thomaston Board of Selectmen voted 3 to 1 not to recognize Valmore Blastow Jr.'s letter of resignation following an executive session June 5, it will still need to search for a new town leader. More than 20 people were in attendance before and after the 6 p.m. meeting in Watts Hall. Selectmen Peter McCrea, Peter Lammert and Lee-Ann Upham all voted not to accept Blastow's resignation, while Bill Hahn ...

  • Published
    June 6, 2019

    Emails show tensions in Thomaston town government

    Emails between Selectman Beverly St. Clair and the Thomaston town manager and other selectmen show heated words exchanged behind the scenes on issues over the past year, including how the town replaced its EMS director, plans to move town offices to Lura Libby and whether to replace the town attorney. The Courier-Gazette requested the emails under the Freedom of Access Act and on June 4, the Town Office provided ...

  • Published
    June 5, 2019

    Petition seeks recall of St. Clair

    A citizen's petition circulating in Thomaston is seeking to have Selectman Beverly St. Clair recalled and removed from her position as an elected municipal official. On June 4, through a mediator, a group of concerned citizens offered to meet St. Clair in a neutral location to resolve differences in a non-threatening environment. "It was hoped that respective complaints could be shared to reach a mutual understand...

  • Published
    June 4, 2019

    Midcoast lens: Signs of discontent

    A drive through Thomaston June 4 reveals some varied positions posted on signs having to do with town business coming up for vote next week. Signs seeking voters to vote "No" on Article 3 which asks to disband the police department and go with services from the Knox County Sheriff's Office were seen, as was one asking voters to consider lowering the town's taxes by voting "Yes."

  • Published
    May 31, 2019

    Confusion surrounds longtime transfer station member's absence

    Since the inception of the new sticker policy at the Owls Head-South Thomaston-Thomaston Cooperative Transfer Station in Thomaston, one longstanding board member has been under fire. At its Feb. 28 meeting, Board of Directors Chairman Bruce Colson acknowledged Thomaston Selectman Beverly St. Clair as the replacement for prior board member Peter Lammert. On the agenda for that meeting was a new business item ...

  • Published
    May 29, 2019

    Conflict between selectwoman, town manager stirs controversy in Thomaston

    The recent resignation of longtime Town Manager Valmore Blastow Jr. has stirred controversy in Thomaston. More than 80 people attended an emergency meeting May 28 to ask questions and hear the Board of Selectmen's plan to move forward following Blastow's resignation. Although there was much criticism for the lack of publicity about the meeting, which was held at 2 p.m., Chairman Peter Lammert looked into the ...

  • Published
    May 27, 2019

    'They were going to get rid of me' Blastow claims

    The chairman of the Board of Selectmen has asked for a public meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 2 p.m. to discuss the sudden resignation of longtime Town Manager Valmore Blastow Jr. Peter Lammert said in an email May 27 that he has called a board meeting, open to the public, in Watts Hall, to figure out what should happen next. "I want to start the meeting in open session so that townsfolk can air their questions, ...

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