Edgecomb selectors are in the final stages of writing the city’s annual report. On February 7, Recording Secretary Barbara Brennan volunteered to coordinate all letters from department heads for the city report. Selectmen appointed member Mike Smith to draft a letter for inclusion. In two weeks, the full board will review his work before publication. Brennan said the city’s report will be ready by mid-March.
In another action, Smith reported on the Budget Committee meeting with Roads Commissioner Scott Griffin. He is responsible for road conditions and has a separate five-year snow removal agreement with the city. “He is asking for a 3% increase for maintenance and is committed to an automatic 1.5% increase for plowing. With rising material costs, the committee seemed quite comfortable with these numbers,” he said.
Board chair Dawn Murray said she would have more information in March on the American Rescue Plan Act relaunch guidelines. Edgecomb has qualified for $133,287 in funding and so far has received half. Murray told selectors she would attend a Maine Municipal Association Zoom conference on March 2 on COVID-19 stimulus spending. “I’ll send you notes afterwards, and we can discuss how to spend the money when we meet on March 7,” she said.
Murray also takes the lead in the council’s second “Meet and Greet” scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. In December, the selectors organized the first “Meet and Greet” at the municipal office. Murray moved to Edgecomb four years ago. She served on the school board before becoming elected in 2020. Murray proposed the event so that new residents, like her, could meet and meet long-time members of the community.
“Seems like a great way to discuss the town meeting mandate while having coffee,” Smith said.
Selectmen briefly discussed a recent state advisory on a new brown-tail moth eradication program. As of 2021, overwintering webs have been found in every county in Maine except York. According to the state, Lincoln along with Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Sagadahoc and Waldo had the highest populations last year.
Selectmen did not recall seeing a large infestation last season. “That was a few years ago when they were everywhere,” Smith said. “So we should keep that in mind if they come back.”
The selectors then meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 at the town hall.