Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 10, 2013
Peninsula towns at varying stages of town meeting preparation
Blue Hill, Sedgwick shaping up for contested selectmen races
by Faith DeAmbrose
Four of Blue Hill Peninsula’s five towns are in varying stages of their nomination processes as they approach annual town meeting.
In Sedgwick, the first of the peninsula towns to hold its annual town meeting, nomination papers were released in early December and include one three-year seat for the second selectman (currently Colby Pert), one three-year term as town clerk (currently held by Cynthia Reilly) and a three-year term as road commissioner (currently held by Paul Carter).
As of press time, Pert has taken and returned papers, and former longtime First Selectman Nelson Grindal has also taken out papers for the seat.
Also available are two three-year seats on the school committee, currently held by Clare Grindal and Ashley Pesek and one open one-year seat currently held by recently appointed member Susan Ford. Ford has taken out papers for the one-year seat, while as of press time no one else has taken papers for the other two seats.
Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk by the end of the day Tuesday, January 15.
Sedgwick will begin its town meeting with voting on Friday, March 1. The business portion will reconvene at the historic town house on Saturday, March 2, at 9 a.m. to vote on the remaining articles.
The town of Brooksville released its nomination papers on December 12. Open seats include:
One three-year seat on the board of selectmen, currently held by John Gray who has taken and returned papers.
One one-year seat as tax collector, currently held by Yvonne Redman who has taken and returned papers.
One one-year year seat as town clerk, currently held by Amber Bakeman who has taken and returned papers.
One one-year seat as treasurer currently held by Freida Peasley who has taken and returned papers.
One one-year seat as fire chief, currently held by Matt Dow who has taken out papers;
One one-year term as road commissioner, currently held by Mark Blake who has taken out papers.
Two three-year openings on the school board, currently held by Dana Hooper and Helen Condon. Condon has taken and returned papers, as has Gail Ladd.
Three three-year terms on the Budget and Advisory committee, currently held by Earl Clifford Jr., Ann Ebeling and Russ Dischinger. All incumbents have taken out papers.
One three-year planning board seat currently held by Gerald Gray who has taken out papers.
Papers must be returned by 8 p.m. Thursday, January 17. Voting will take place on Monday, March 4, at the town house with the business potion taking place Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the school.
The town of Blue Hill released its papers on December 19 and as of press time, six potential candidates have taken out papers for the open two-year seat, and two people have taken out papers for the three-year seat on the board of selectmen.
A two-year seat, which was left vacant by the sudden death of Selectman and board chairman Duane Gray in September has so far gathered the most interest of any peninsula race. Papers have been taken out by Vaughn Leach, Kathleen McClure, Danner Curtis, Henrietta Clews, Ellen Best and Randy Astbury. None have been returned.
As of press time, incumbent Jim Schatz has taken out papers to run for the three-year seat, as has Steve Allen.
There is one open seat on the school board. This seat is currently held by Jon Smallidge. Papers for this position have yet to be taken out.
There are also two open seats on the planning board. These seats are currently held by Peter d’Entremont and Fern Leach. Leach and Aubrey Wilson King IV have taken out papers.
Papers are due back by the close of business February 18.
Town meeting will begin with the election of officers on Friday, April 5, with the business portion taking place on Saturday, April 6 at the Blue Hill Consolidated School.
In Brooklin, nomination papers are available January 10.
There is one open three-year seat on the board of selectmen, currently held by Mike Roy.
There are two open three-year seats on the school board, currently held by Jessica Grant and Stacia Nevin.
There is one one-year term as road commissioner, currently held by Neil Allen and one three-year term as tax collector, currently help by Sharon Freethey.
Papers must be returned to the town office by the close of business on February 21.
Town meeting will begin with voting on April 5 and reconvene for the business portion on April 6. Times are yet to be determined.