News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 23, 2019
The search is over for Castine town manager

by Monique Labbe

The town of Castine has found its new town manager.

Sean Blodgett of Colorado Springs, Colo., will take over effective June 10, leaving a three week overlap with current Town Manager Jimmy Goodson, who will retire at the end of that month.

Goodson made the announcement during the May 20 meeting of the Castine Board of Selectmen.

“My family and I could not be more excited that Castine is where we will end up,” said Blodgett during a phone interview on May 21.

Blodgett said that he and his wife started looking into Maine back in 2014, as a possible place to put down roots after he retired from the Marine Corps. The couple fell in love with the Belfast area, and when he saw the job opening in Castine, Blodgett started researching the location.

“When we saw that it was right across the bay from Belfast, we were very excited,” he said.

Blodgett was in town last week for three days, during which time he was able to meet many people in the community. He also answered questions and got feedback during a meet and greet at Witherle Memorial Library.

“The conversations were very friendly and welcoming,” said Blodgett. “It was a sort of second interview with the selectmen and a chance for me to meet the social anchors in the community.”

“He is a very good fit,” said Goodson during the selectmens meeting. “He has developed a passion for this place, and he and his wife seem committed to being here and raising their family here.”

Goodson added that the entire town office staff was in agreement that Blodgett was the right person for the job.

Blodgett also visited Adams School while in Castine last week, where his children will go to school in the fall.

Road projects scheduled for spring and summer

Goodson also discussed several road projects scheduled for the upcoming months. The total cost of those projects is just over $100,000.

Cleanup of the Backshore Pond, to clean out around the pond drain, move sand and silt accumulation to the back side, rake at low tide to remove grass and other organics on the pond slope, was budgeted for $6,800 and was approved at town meeting earlier this month. Backshore Beach will also be raked, with the debris hauled to the transfer station.

The town also plans to remove gravel and install pavement at 12 driveway aprons on Main Street, to make plowing easier. The cost for that is $950 per apron, totaling $11,400.

Shimming and paving will happen on Water Street and Dyer Lane, at $15,322 and $24,730, respectively.

Tarratine Street will receive a new water pipe to replace one that has been deteriorating, at a cost of $11,700. Tarratine Street will also be part of a project with Perkins Street to remove the island between the two streets, narrow it, saw-cut above and below and repave to remove the part of the intersection that can no longer be patched due to deterioration. That project will come in at $20,050.

Court Street will also be cut west of Dresser Lane and repaved, as the edge of the road is “lost,” according to Goodson. That project totals $8,600.