Council approves street repairs, appoints interim finance director



ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted Monday to approve the next step in the funding process for repairs to several city streets via a $1.1-million bond anticipation note.

The projects include paving on Bayside Road and reconstruction of the Water Street parking lot. The largest chunk of the funds, $700,000, will go to drainage reconstruction and repairs on the street behind the Mill Mall and the grounds of the elementary school. Ranger Contracting Inc. has been contracted for the project.

Two hundred thousand dollars has been allocated for the reconstruction of the Water Street parking lot, and $120,000 to repairing and paving the Bayside Road from near Whitaker Brook to the intersection of Beechland Road.

The $1.1 million also includes potential funds for replacing and relocating the harbor’s fuel tanks, along with the possible addition of diesel fuel, which City Manager David Cole said boaters have been requesting. The money will not be borrowed until the city receives notice that its grant application to the Small Harbor Improvements Program has been approved. The grant is expected to cover half of the $160,000 project.

The city received several bids for funding of the note. It decided to go with KeyBank’s low offer of 1.79 percent, which Finance Director Tammy Mote called “a wonderful rate.”

Mote said the city expects to have secured permanent funding within the year. The interest on the note would amount to $21,010, Mote said.

In other news, councilors voted to approve an exemption to the newly amended sewer ordinance that will allow the Beckwith Pines housing project to move forward. They also confirmed Reggie Winslow as superintendent of the Water Department.

Jenn Madore, current deputy finance director, will become interim finance director and treasurer beginning in early February upon Mote’s departure.

“Jenn has served as second in command and does a wonderful job,” Mote said.

Madore also will serve as interim tax collector until Jan. 21, at which point Kelly Herrick will take over. Herrick currently works as the city clerk’s office assistant and will replace Amanda Tupper, who recently resigned.

The council also approved the request of Police Chief Glenn Moshier to authorize the promotion of two patrol officers to the rank of corporal, which Moshier says will require at least three years of patrol experience and help meet the department’s supervision needs.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

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