News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 7, 2021
Shortest meeting of the year, so far

by Eli Forman

The Castine Select Board’s first meeting of the new year very nearly broke a speed record on Monday, January 4. “If it wasn’t a record, it was awful close,” said Selectman Peter Vogell.

In the course of just over six minutes, the selectmen took care of their usual business of approving town and water warrants and were updated by town manager Shawn Blodgett on several ongoing town projects.

These included the solicitation of bids for mold remediation in the attic of the water treatment plant, several broken water mains in the last couple weeks which have since been repaired and an unexpected delay of the new supervisory control and data acquisition system for the water treatment plant due to supply chain disruptions from the pandemic.

Blodgett also informed the select board that as COVID case numbers continue to rise in Hancock County, he urges Castine residents to “stay vigilant.”

With no communications and no comments from the public immediately following, the selectmen voted to adjourn the meeting.