Recall ordinance floated



TREMONT — Could a recall ordinance for members of the board of selectmen be in the town’s future? Selectmen are to discuss the issue at their July 6 meeting.

Resident Mel Atherton proposed that the town adopt a recall ordinance Monday at a selectmen’s meeting, saying he had submitted examples from the towns of Mount Desert, Palmyra and Perry. He did not elaborate on the impetus for the proposal.

“I think it would be a good idea to adopt one of these and just change the name [of the town],” Atherton said. The goal would be for an ordinance to go before voters at a town meeting, he added.

Selectmen agreed to put the topic on the agenda for their next regular meeting.

In other business Monday, selectmen adopted a pay scale for town employees and considered a request from the Tremont Consolidated School regarding work on the community building.

The scale of wages is based on the budget approved by voters at the annual town meeting in May and reflects the maximum a person should be paid for a particular position, said Town Manager Dana Reed.

Selectmen initially balked at adopting the scale. Stewart Murphy proposed that town officials compare the salaries with those in similar towns. His motion to do so carried 5-0.

Chris Eaton’s motion to adopt the wage scale as presented carried in a 4-1 vote, with Murphy in opposition.

The Tremont school leases the community building from the town for use as a gym and other school activities. Selectmen recently toured the facility with school officials to determine the repairs needed. On Monday, selectmen considered a seven-item list prepared by the school.

Selectmen rejected two of the items: resurfacing of the floor in the kitchen and construction of two locker rooms. These items, they maintained, are in areas primarily used for school functions and therefore the school’s responsibility, not the town’s.

The other items include replacing an entryway, bathroom fixtures, covering brick walls and boxing in heat pipes. Selectmen voted 5-0 to have the school get estimates for this work and present them to the board.

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