Three Minot officials announce resignations

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MINOT — Fire Chief Dean Campbell, EMA Director Sharon Campbell and Town Administrator Arlan Saunders submitted letters of resignation at Monday night’s selectmen meeting. 

All three were accepted, as Selectwoman Lisa Cesare said, “regretfully.” 

Campbell will continue as chief until Feb. 1, 2018. He has held the position since 2010. After that, he will continue as a member of the volunteer department. 

Saunders will leave after Oct. 1, 2018, the 19th anniversary of when he started on the job. 

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In his letter, Saunders gave reasons for his decision to leave and for delaying his departure until late next year.

“I have come to see distinct differences between myself and the board,” he wrote. “I feel that standards should be applied equally to all, but unfortunately it appears there are different standards for different entities.

“I have found that as time passes it is more difficult to accept this,” he continued. “I have always strived to keep the best interests of the town of Minot, and its residents, in mind. Hopefully I have succeeded. But I feel that isn’t always the case when it comes to certain issues.”

Saunders said he’s staying on because officials are close to setting the final budget for 2018 and he will see the process through and supervise the summer budget season.

“This will conclude the majority of the work for my final budget and to see that is is kept within budget,” he wrote.

It was also announced that Selectwoman Eda Tripp is on medical leave and her position will need to be filled. 

Monday was also the board’s first look at the proposed 2018 municipal budget. It comes in at $1.9 million, a $107,000 increase from this year. Most of the increase comes from a new plow truck to replace a 2003 model.

The board will vote on each line item at its next meeting Dec. 18. The budget will got to the Budget Committee before it goes to voters.

In other business, Highway Supervisor Scott Parker’s report stated that only two of the three roads planned for paving were completed. The cold weather kept Pike Industries from being able to complete the last road, according to his report.

Saunders said the surplus money from the project will be put in the town’s general fund. 

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