News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 21, 2019
Applications close for town manager in Castine
Winter wear takes its toll on roadways

by Monique Labbe

The résumé portion of the search for Castine’s next town manager came to a close Wednesday, March 20, which was the last day for potential candidates to submit their applications to Maine Municipal Association.

At a selectmen’s meeting on March 18, Town Manager Jimmy Goodson said that the next step will be for David Barrett, a representative from Maine Municipal Association who has been helping the town with the search process, to go through the applications and evaluate the top and bottom halves. He will then send the résumés to Goodson and the selectmen, who will go through them and select the candidates for a primary round of interviews.

In other town business, Goodson reported that Maine Department of Transportation was working on repairing the “mammoth” sized potholes on the Castine Road earlier this week, and there are plans to continue patching and repairing other roads that have been affected by the winter wear.

“It’s been a tough winter,” said Goodson. “This winter has taken its toll on the infrastructure. The road was washed out by Backshore Pond, which will get filled and repaved. There are a couple others we are watching in town as well.”

The next board meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 1.

Proposed changes for Townway Entrance and Excavation Ordinance

Changes to the town’s Townway Entrance and Excavation Ordinance will be on the town meeting warrant for voter approval in May, following a public hearing before the March 20 meeting of the board of selectmen. The ordinance pertains to the cutting of streets and roadways by contractors during projects, including driveways, hydrant replacement, etc.

“We observed that when contractors come in and fill out contracts and do the work, we think it will settle the same as it was when it’s finished, but it never does,” said Goodson. “The changes to the ordinance will request that the contractors warranty their pavement for two years, and that if something does happen to it, it will be at the cost of them to repair it.”

If the changes are approved, the ordinance will also build in a per square foot yard price for the pavement as well as an application fee. That money will allow the town to create an accrual fund for future work on streets and roadways.

“When, at some point in future, the pavement fails, we can go back and we have some funds in an accrual account that will help pay for that work,” said Goodson.