Selectmen balk at resignation

TREMONT — Selectmen on Monday postponed acceptance of the resignation of a harbor committee member until the town receives a letter of resignation.

David Schlaefer informed Town Manager Dana Reed on July 2 that he had resigned from his seat on the committee. Schlaefer’s term was to expire at the end of June next year. Reed, who did not attend the meeting Monday, suggested in a memo to selectmen that they pass a motion to accept the resignation.

Chris Eaton’s motion to do so was quickly challenged by fellow board members Stewart Murphy and Dean Wass, both of whom said they first would like to see a written letter of resignation.

“I think it’s appropriate to have a written resignation,” Wass said.

Eaton said he recently spoke with Schlaefer, who confirmed his intent to resign.

“I talked to him the other day; he’s definitely out of [the committee],” Eaton said. “His words were, ‘I’m tired of the [expletive].’”

Murphy replied that he still would like to see Schlaefer put something in writing. His motion to postpone any action until the next selectmen’s meeting carried.

Under the town’s harbor ordinance, one seat on the harbor committee must be filled by a representative of a “resident boat storage/boat repair business.” Schlaefer held that position. Selectmen briefly discussed how to proceed with filling that slot but came to no conclusion.

In another harbor-related matter, selectmen voted 5-0 to set a fee for the use of town floats by transient boaters. Voters at the May town meeting gave selectmen the authority to set such a fee. In June, the harbor committee recommended a fee of $1 per foot for the period from July 1 to Sept. 30.

There would be no charge for use of the floats during the remainder of the year.

The lack of any time limit in the recommendation was a concern. The approved motion allows tying up at the float for a maximum of six nights.

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