Mark Beauregard

Rangeley Town Manager Joe Roach informed the Board of Selectmen of staffing changes at their August 1st meeting.  He has recently received two letters of resignation from Town employees.  Director of Public Works Keith Savage has resigned with his last day of work being August 5, 2022.  Code Enforcement Officer Bailey Beers‘ last day of work is August 9, 2022.  The Town Manager stated that he accepted the resignations with “regret”.  The Chairman of the Board Cyndy Egan thanked the resigning employees for all of their hard work on Town affairs and wished them well in their future endeavors.  The Town Manager is working with the Town’s Human Resource Consultant on a plan to best fill those positions.  Deputy Code Enforcement Officer Karl Kolze, who has a full time job as an electrical engineer, has offered to increase his assistance to Town code enforcement work as his schedule permits.     •The Western Mountain Shriner’s Club Parade is scheduled for August 13th on Main Street at 2:00pm.     •The Rangeley Boosters Blueberry Festival is an all day event scheduled for August 18th in the Rangeley Town Park.     •An Event Permit was approved for the Trail Town Festival to be held on September 3rd on Pond Street.     The Selectmen voted to approve a Liquor License renewal for the Portage Tap House.  The application indicates that the current owner Laura Reynolds is the CEO and maintains 100% ownership.  The Selectmen voted to suspend the Liquor License approval given at their June 6, 2022 meeting to the Portage Tap House with Marisol Razik listed as 100% owner.  This license approval was to become effective on June 22, 2022.  The transfer of ownership from Reynolds to Razik did not occur within the anticipated timeline.     Three year appointments were approved for Nancy Douglas to the Ordinance Committee and Larry Koob to the Airport Commission.     The Second Reading of the Personnel Policy Update was accepted and the Selectmen voted to have it become effective as of August 2, 2022.  The updated policy adds Juneteenth as a paid holiday and acknowledges that the Town offers Maine Public Employee Retirement System (MEPERS) benefits to eligible, full time employees.  The Selectmen voted to approve the Town Manager’s request to offer Juneteenth as a floating holiday to Town employees in this fiscal year.     The Town of Rangeley received communications from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) concerning the spreading of septage.  The Town’s renewal application to spread septage at the Chick Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant site was not received by MDEP before the Town’s existing license expired.  Because of the license expiration, the MDEP considered the application a request for a “new license”.  Recent State of Maine legislation states the MDEP may not issue a new license or permit authorizing a person to apply or spread septage at any location in the State.  This legislation, created in response to all of the PFAS forever chemical problems the State is experiencing, becomes effective on August 8, 2022.     The Selectmen voted to approve the crack sealing bid submitted by Coastal Road Repair for Town road maintenance.     The Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on changes to Chapter 38 Rangeley Zoning Ordinance on August 8, 2022 at 6:00pm.     The next Board of Selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for August 15th at 6:00pm.

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