The Readfield Select Board plans to begin considering applications from those who would be the next town manager at the regular business meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Town Office.

While the application period closed June 19, none of the handful of applications has been opened.

The board that approved the negotiated resignation of former Town Manager Stefan Pakulski in February decided it would wait for new members to help select the new manager. The two recently elected members of the board, Bruce Bourgoine and Christine Sammons, began their terms in July.

“They are the ones who will be working with the new manager, so they felt it would only be fair if they waited,” said Teresa Shaw, interim town manager. Shaw, who is the town’s finance officer, said she is not seeking the town manager’s job.

“I’m not in the running,” Shaw said on Wednesday.

Shaw said she has six applications in sealed envelopes, five received by the June deadline and one afterward.

She said the board will determine what to do with the late one when it meets.

Monday’s meeting will be the first for the new board, which includes Valarie Pomerleau, who was vice chairman most recently; Allen Curtis; and Thomas Dunham.

Shaw also said the previous board formulated a number of interview questions for the prospective managers, which the new board might or might not choose to ask.

The advertisement for the job notes that the town of 2,555 people has seven full-time employees and a $2.1 million municipal budget. It also said the post could be full-time or part-time, and that residency in town is desirable.

Applicants were required to have a minimum of five years’ experience in municipal or private business management.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board will choose its officers for the upcoming year and begin work on another municipal election, one in which voters again will see a version of the warrant articles that were rejected June 9.

Three items on the ballot were defeated, all articles for which the Select Board recommended approval and the Budget Committee didn’t.

Voters rejected by 77 votes an article calling for the town to appropriate $21,400 for assessing and $21,746 for code enforcement, plumbing inspector and building inspector. The vote was 293-370. The Budget Committee had sought to put in an additional $7,000 in that general category, citing an increased demand for those services.

Voters also rejected by 102 votes a proposal to spend $7,200 for equipment and $28,000 for Maranacook Lake Dam. The vote was 275-377.

In the final item, voters rejected a proposal to appropriate funds to cover overdrafts from the Unassigned Fund Balance. The vote was 194-456.

Shaw said another vote is required to fund the assessing and codes positions. She also said some of the items, such as the dam funding proposal, might be broken down into separate articles.

Until some figures are approved, the tax bills cannot be prepared, Shaw said.

The town also is seeking a collections clerk. Deborah Nichols, who had held that job for seven years, recently resigned to take a post with the town of Winthrop.

The collections clerk’s job is a 30-hour-per-week position, which the town considers full-time and provides benefits.

Applications and requirements are posted on the town’s website at www.readfield.govoffice.com/.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

[email protected]

Twitter: @betadams


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