Annual organizational meeting for Rangeley Selectmen

On July 5, 2022, the Rangeley Selectmen held their annual organizational meeting. Cyndy Egan was re-elected Board Chair and Ethna Thompson was elected Board Vice-Chair.
The Selectmen voted to continue to schedule their regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month and to operate under “Roberts Rules of Order.”
The firm Preti Flaherty will be the City’s legal advisor for the next three years.
All council members have been briefed on city policies, including code of ethics and conduct, harassment and sexual harassment, investment, general fund balance, and remote participation. All new Board members must complete the Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) training within 120 days of the start of their term.
The Selectmen moved into their regular monthly activities immediately after the completion of the organizational meeting agenda.
Liquor license renewals have been approved for the Rangeley Inn and Tavern and the Farmhouse Inn Event Center doing business as Aisling Ridge.
An event permit has been approved for the Logging Festival Parade on July 16, 2022. The 41st Annual Logging Festival Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be followed by a day of festivities on the grounds of the Maine Forestry Museum on Route 16.
Council voted to accept a donation of $7,000.00 from Craig Sargent for the 4th of July fireworks. The board thanked Craig for this generous donation and commented on the excellent fireworks display.
A vote was made by elected officials to refer revisions to Chapter 38, which is the city’s zoning ordinance, to the city planning board for further review.
Lee Libby and Rebekah Carmichael-Austin were appointed for three-year terms, and Jacob Beaulieu was appointed alternate on the Planning Board. Other appointments include Joe Roach as airport manager, Robert Duplisea, Jr. as assessor, Lindsey Savage as health officer and Michael Bacon as director of emergency management.
Annalee Rosenblatt has secured a new one-year contract as a human resources consultant and negotiator. His previous contract expired on June 30, 2022.
The city manager has been cleared by the Selectmen to sign a three-year contract extension with Casella Waste Systems for a non-sorting recycling services agreement. Elected officials asked that the part of Schedule B of the agreement that lists acceptable and unacceptable recyclable materials be made available to the public.
The Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MEPERS) that was approved by voters went into effect July 1. City employees have thirty days to join this defined benefit pension plan.
Rangeley’s tax bill for Franklin County rose to $729,862.00 based on a property assessment of $563,600,000.00. The town of Rangeley’s assessment is the third highest in Franklin County, behind the towns of Jay and Carrabassett Valley and slightly higher than the town of Farmington by approximately $40,000.00.
The Town of Rangeley received the second half of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in the amount of $61,063.99.
The Selectmen will meet on July 14 at 4:00 p.m. for the Tax Engagement Workshop and again on July 18, 2022 for their regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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