November 4, 2012

Public to weigh in Wednesday on Waterville police station costs

City Council meets at 7 p.m.; new Ward 2 councilor selection also slated

By Amy Calder
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- The public will have a chance to ask questions and comment on the proposed cost for a new police station when the City Council meets Wednesday night.

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An artist's conception of the proposed Waterville police department.

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Waterville City Council

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: City Council chambers, The Center, third floor, 93 Main St.
Topics: Waterville police station costs; candidate interviews and appointment for Ward 2 council seat

The council also is scheduled to interview, in open session, four candidates for the Ward 2 council seat vacated Oct. 2 by George Myers Jr. and then appoint a new councilor to that spot.

The regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting will be moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday, because of a conflict with Election Day. The Wednesday meeting will be preceded by an executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss real estate negotiations.

City Manager Michael Roy is expected to present to councilors a proposed cost for construction of a new station. This will be the first time that a proposed cost will have been presented publicly.

Four people are vying for appointment to the City Council Ward 2 seat vacated by Myers: Edward Lachowicz, Michael Owens, Patrick Roy and Nathaniel White. Another candidate who had submitted a letter, later withdrew, according to City Clerk Patti Dubois.

Councilors are scheduled to appoint a Ward 2 councilor, who would serve in the seat until the next regularly scheduled election, Dubois said.

Dubois said Thursday that all five candidates submitted letters of interest to her office by the deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, and some also submitted resumes.

Lachowicz, a student at the University of Maine majoring in social work, also is running for a seat on the Charter Commission and is married to Senate District 25 candidate Colleen Lachowicz, who is running against state Sen. Thomas Martin.

Owens is a member of the Planning Board as well as the Board of Directors for Kennebec Messalonskee Trails; Patrick Roy is a retired 30-year employee of Scott Paper Co. and is night auditor at Comfort Inn & Suites; and White is American Heritage Tour marketing director for Alfond Youth Center, as well as a former city warden.

Myers was appointed to the council Dec. 7, 2010, to fill the unexpired term of Mary-Anne Beal, who moved to Oakland. He was re-elected to the seat last November, defeating Patrick Roy 345-202. Myers resigned last month, citing conflicting schedules with his employment and council meetings.

In other matters Wednesday, councilors are scheduled to consider awarding a contract for a 1-ton dump truck with a plow and consider changes to the city's traffic and taxation ordinances.

They also will consider an amendment to the Haines Charity ordinance.

Amy Calder -- 861-9247


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