Harbor Board is Under Fire

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A selectman on Tuesday accused the harbor committee of violating laws regarding public meetings, sending the board into an executive session to discuss hiring an attorney to advise them how to proceed.


Selectman Trudy Bickford accused the harbor committee of improper behavior at a committee meeting she attended on Monday.

“I feel there is a violation of local, state and federal laws and I want legal advice before I move on with anything,” Ms. Bickford said, admitting that the committee might not know they had violated any laws.

On Wednesday morning, town manager Robin Bennett said no action came from the executive session. A formal complaint would have to be filed for discussions of the issue to continue, she said.

“There is no official complaint,” Ms. Bennett said. “We’re expecting one.”

Ms. Bennett did not state who would file the complaint.

The accusation of illegal conduct is the latest in a series of disputes involving the harbor committee. There has been a contentious relationship between some committee members and harbormaster Dennis Dever, who resigned effective Aug. 27 but is still working on an interim basis until a replacement is hired. Some of the disputes have spilled over into meetings of the board of selectmen.

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