New Gloucester board appoints three to Water District panel

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NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen at a special meeting on Tuesday appointed three residents to serve on the newly formed town Water District.

The board met with four of the seven applicants who responded to a recent request following approval by the Maine Legislature creating the district, and a vote by residents living within the proposed geographic area of the Upper Gloucester area that the public water system will serve.

Jim Giffune, Lawrence Zuckerman and Steven Johnson were appointed by a show of hands from motions made by selectmen.

Jean Couturier, Beverly Cadigan, Chris Rheault and Wanda Brissette were thanked for their interest in serving.

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Selectmen will appoint their picks to one-, two- and three-year terms as the first appointees to the district.

Voters will choose candidates at the polls, once the initial terms expire.

Steven Johnson of Meadow Lane is a licensed professional engineer who has worked as a Public Works director in South Portland. His experience includes running large water projects, drinking water and public works programs.

He has worked for Ransom Consulting Engineers since 2007.

His projects include landfills, pump stations and experience working with state and federal regulatory agencies

Jim Giffune of Intervale Road is a former executive with Great Northern Paper in Millinockett. He then was senior vice president of operations at Fraser Paper in New Brunswick, Canada. He is a member of the Opportunity Farm board, and has served on the New Gloucester Planning Board and as a selectman.

Lawrence Zuckerman is a lawyer who has served on various town-appointed committees in New Gloucester. A former chairman of the Planning Board, the Pineland Redevelopment Committee, the town’s Land Use Committee and the Comprehensive Planning Committee, Zuckerman, also a businessman, has been in favor of the public water supply for Upper Gloucester to address contamination.

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