County commissioners bid hopeful farewell to judge nominee Rushlau

Posted:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:00am

Departing District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau appeared at the Lincoln County Commissioners’ meeting on April 18 to say farewell. His hearing before the Judiciary Committee is Tuesday, April 25, at 1 p.m. Afterwards, he will get an up or down vote by the full senate before being confirmed to the Maine District Court. Rushlau said he was not sure where he will be posted if he clears the legislative hearings and votes.

The two choices to replace him are Jon Liberman of West Bath and Paul Cavanaugh of Woolwich. The timetable for the final choice is not yet known.

Commissioners approved Andrew Miner as a part-time sheriff’s deputy.

Communications Director Mike Westrich said a patch to allow required data to flow to the Augusta office was purchased with about $6,700 in Homeland Security grant funds, and this would save many hours of labor and eliminate errors. Emergency Management Director Casey Stevens said the hoped-for acquisition of an old ambulance to transport amateur radio teams was accomplished with no cash. He plans to move the Emergency Operation Command to the courthouse and create a public information wall outside the EMA office.

County Administrator Carrie Kipfer announced the county had received a $100,000 USDA Renewable Energy grant for renewable energy technical assistance at farms, small businesses and other venues. Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission is in charge of disbursing the grant funds.

She also announced that LCRPC employee Zach Mosher tendered his resignation to accept a position in the planning office in Auburn, which is closer to his home.

The commissioners approved patching a section of the old jail roof over the Addiction Resource Center office where water has been dripping in. They also acknowledged a Maine Department of Transportation notice of condemnation on the Haggett Garage property on Water Street, and received a letter from the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid, who have renewed a lease agreement with the state under the old terms.

The commissioners agreed to pay the purchase order for the new courthouse hallway door created during the move of the DA’s office and the Registry of Deeds, and approved a purchase order to replace a lift gate for the recycling box truck.