City selects a new planner



ELLSWORTH — The position of city planner will be filled by Elena Piekut, who was assistant to the city planner from 2012 to 2015, under former planner Michele Gagnon. Piekut will assume the position on Feb. 1, 2021.

“[Piekut] has extensive experience in land use planning, grant writing, GIS mapping, zoning, environmental policy and community services,” stated city Human Resources and Payroll Specialist Toni Dyer in announcing the position has been filled. The position has been vacant since Oct. 23, when then-Planner Theresa Oleksiw abruptly resigned after four months.

Piekut is moving back to the area from Dover, N.H., a city of 32,000, where she served as assistant city planner and zoning administrator, with responsibility for administering and enforcing Dover’s zoning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human ecology, with coursework in architectural planning, conservation planning and community development from College of the Atlantic.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]

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