LEWISTON – Councilors-elect spent Friday afternoon in the Ware Street Inn getting to know each other and brushing up on city policies.

“They were closer to home and have absolutely no costs associated,” said City Administrator Jim Bennett.

The councilors-elect will continue meeting over the next several weeks, before their January inauguration.

“They have talked about having a public session, to introduce themselves and discuss what people are expecting from them,” Bennett said.

Voters selected seven new city councilors at the polls last month. New councilors are Thomas Peters II in Ward 1; Nelson Peters in Ward 2; Larry Poulin in Ward 3; Denis Theriault in Ward 4; Tina Bailey in Ward 5; Elizabeth Dube in Ward 6; and Robert Reed in Ward 7.

The city had reserved space at the Lucerne Inn outside Bangor in Dedham for a strategic planning session for new councilors with a professional moderator. They canceled that meeting, saying it looked wasteful of the city’s resources.

“But there still is a lot of information that they’ll need,” Bennett said. Staff has prepared one booklet outlining policy briefings on issues they expect the council will vote on this year and are working on another.

“There are a lot of things most people never have to see, having to do with the business side of running the government,” Bennett said.


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