Sumner selectman resigns

SUMNER — Selectman Glen Hinckley resigned Wednesday, citing the stress of the job, it was announced at Wednesday night's board meeting

 Hinckley presented his letter to the town office earlier in the day and did not attend the meeting. His resignation is effective immediately.

Selectman Mark Silber spoke passionately to the crowd, saying he has been unable to sleep or eat because of what is happening to the town and the personal attacks on his honesty as a town official.

“I have worked for this town for many years as a selectman and I have never been anything but honest. I have never lied, though I have been accused of lying. I’ve always donated to the town,” Silber said.

“Before she died, my wife and I donated the gardens at the town office and we started the scholarship fund, among other things. To think that I would do anything to jeopardize this town is unthinkable. I am just sick thinking about what has happened to this town. I’ve seen the town divided. I cannot sleep because of the fracturing of people I’ve always known. This has become too emotional. I am very disturbed,” Silber said.

“I have been accused of accepting money, of being in cohorts with wind power contractors and I won’t be a part of any wind hearings or committees anymore,” he said.

In replying to emails, Silber said he had checked with the Maine Municipal Association and selectmen were ex-officio on committees, or members by virture of being selectmen.

Jeff Pfeifer said Silber should get that in writing to see if this was legal.

Bob Runes said, “This wind issue is very divisive and people are letting their passions get in the way."

The annual town meeting is Monday, Aug. 8, and Town Clerk Susan Runes said if someone wants to run for selectman, they can stand up at the meeting and declare themselves a candidate. If no one does, then candidates can take out nomination papers and the town would hold a meeting to elect someone.

The town's other selectman is Mary Ann Haxton.

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Gary Steinberg's picture

Freedom of Information Acts Perform Wonders , DON'T THEY?

Particularly, when there is something to hide!

The citizens of your town have learned well from others, and know the game, and how to play with wind scoundrels.

You can all resign, but you won't be able to hide.

Gary Kuhn's picture

Sumner Discord.....

What is happening in your town has happened all over the world and will continue to happen when you let wind power developers into your town. The meager benefits of wind power will never replace what is about to tear the fabric of your town apart. Friends and family will regret the day wind developers blew into town. Our country has not seen an impact of this magnitude since the Civil War!

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Make the developers take their cabal of lawyers with them too. Far, far away.

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who needs windsprawl?

Penny is right. Every town so far would have better off if the windsprawl developers had stayed in Mass. All the wind industry does is spread hate and discontent wherever they go. Sure , a few benefit financially, but some are having a change of heart now the turbines are up and thumping in their windows at night. Sumner, throw the developers out. You don't need them.

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This is so sad. The

This is so sad. The industrial wind developers divide every town they try to conquer. They turn family members against each other, friend against friend. They tear apart the fabric of the small, tight knit Maine communities. And they don't care one bit. As long as they get their big piece of the pie and the juice is running down their chin, they're happy.

Gary Steinberg's picture

All those affiliating with wind scoundrels ....

Take notice.
Many citizens now know the game, and will not allow the selectmen to benefit, or be coerced, bribed or collude any longer.
The pressure is up.
Break home rule and the constitution of Maine, as encouraged by the likes of Enronesque First Wind, and you better resign!
Transparent process is a must, and we know that it is not being followed , as encouraged by LD-2283.
Ordinance this slime out of Maine.
Divisive, you bet.
And citizens now know the game.
It will get worse.


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