Intimidation alleged; accuser refuses to provide basis

BAR HARBOR — Phone calls reportedly made by Town Council Chair Paul Paradis were characterized as “intimidating” by one resident who spoke at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

Gary Conrad said Paradis “made some very intimidating phone calls on Christmas Eve to colleagues and some co-chairs of committees to try to sway them, bully them, [and] intimidate them into supporting his proposal for a berthing pier.”

“No more bullying. No more intimidation. None of that is acceptable, period,” Conrad said.

Conrad refused to say who received the phone calls or to provide any further basis for the accusation.

Councilor Matt Hochman told the Islander he received a phone call from Paradis, and the conversation centered on the council’s decision to accept the ferry terminal property advisory committee’s report in November. Hochman said he was not intimidated by the conversation.

“I called to make sure we had an understanding,” Paradis said. “I would vehemently say that they weren’t [intimidating], but I can’t speak for anyone else.”

Paradis suggested Conrad file a formal complaint under the town’s ethics ordinance of the alleged violation.

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