When the Gardiner City Council meets Wednesday, they will consider extending the service of Gardiner’s interim city manager through a memorandum of understanding as the search for a permanent city manager continues.

In February, the elected officials endorsed a plan for Library Director Anne Davis to serve as interim city manager while the search for a full-time manager was undertaken.

In February, then-City Manager Scott Morelli announced he had accepted a position as city manager in South Portland and that his last day would be March 3.

As part of the plan, city department heads have also taken on additional responsibilities, in exchange for a temporary bump in pay and some additional vacation time.

Earlier this summer, Gardiner Mayor Thom Harnett said the search for a permanent manager continues. While he said the City Council would meet in executive session on the matter sometime this month to discuss a candidate, no public notice about that closed door session has been posted yet.

The City Council is also expected to start a series of discussions on the fate of about a dozen properties with potential value that the city has foreclosed on.


On Wednesday, they will consider what to do with 18 Dennis St., 728 River Road and 0 Old Brunswick Road.

Rather than keep the properties, interim City Manager Anne Davis said they could be sold. They are all in residential areas and would probably be rehabilitated by interested neighbors.

Earlier this year, the city demolished the building at 18 Dennis St. The building had been a carriage house for the former Boston estate that had been converted into home. Several years ago, the city foreclosed on the sewer lien.

The city foreclosed on 728 River Road in 2015 and on the Iron Mine Hill Mobile Home Park on Old Brunswick Road in 2016.

If the city council makes a decision on the possible disposition of the properties, Davis said the staff will notify neighbors and those who have expressed an interest in the properties.

Elected officials are also expected to consider:


• Signing an agreement with Gardiner Ambulance

• Appointing two council members to the KVCOG general assembly

• Renewing the liquor license for Johnson Hall

• Granting a liquor license and a victualers license for Two Gramps Brewing

• Approving a special event permit for Barks in the Park on Sept. 9 in Waterfront Park

• Appointing At-Large City Councilor Timothy Cusick to the Ambulance Advisory Board


• Approving board and committee appointments

In all, three executive sessions are scheduled. At the beginning of the meeting, executive sessions are scheduled for a foreclosure buy back request and a poverty abatement.

The Gardiner City Council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 6 Church St.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

[email protected]

Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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