Town of Edgecomb

Sarmanian announces he will likely ‘retire’ later this year as selectman

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:00pm

Four-term selectman Jack Sarmanian is seeking a fifth term on the July 14 Edgecomb municipal ballot, but he doesn't expect to finish a new term or even the year. Sarmanian announced June 29 his house is for sale and he expects it to sell quickly. 

“This is the last day of my fourth term. I’m on the ballot for a fifth term, but I expect my home to sell within three to four months so even if I’m re-elected I don’t expect much longevity so you will need to find a replacement,” he said.

Following the meeting, Sarmanian indicated he and his wife Sandy are looking to move to southern Maine after the house sells.

In other action, selectmen set Monday, July 6 as a special meeting to finalize the warrant for the Aug. 29 referendum town meeting. Sarmanian will also conduct two interviews for the vacant treasurer’s position. Edgecomb has received two applications. The job was temporarily filled by Town Clerk Claudia Coffin and Frances Mague. The two will join Sarmanian on July 2 to interview a prospective town treasurer. Sarmaninan will provide the select board with a recommended replacement during the July 13 meeting. 

A potential buyer of 79 remaining acres of the Lallis property has withdrawn his consideration. Sarmanian reported negotiations with James Schmal to buy the tax-acquired property had ended. Sarmanian reported a local realtor recommended selling the 79 acres for $115,000. Any future sale would impact the River Link Trail which runs from McKay Road to Zak Preserve. Boothbay Region Land Trust contacted town officials about creating a conservation land easement prior to any sale. 

Selectmen decided to send a road name change request to the code enforcement officer. On July 15, Victoria Campbell requested to change Turkey Pond Road’s name. Selectmen tabled her request last meeting and decided the decision was laid with Ken Vinyl as CEO. Neither Vinyl nor Campbell attended the meeting. 

Sarmanian reported two Maine Department of Transportation projects would start this fall. The Eddy Road and Route 27 correction are slated for construction following completion of Wiscasset’s Water Street project, according to Sarmanian. “We were told in May that both projects are funded and work would begin later this year.”

Fire Chief Roy Potter indicated he no longer wanted to serve in the appointed position of health officer. Potter gave resident Theresa Taylor’s name as a possible replacement. Selectman Mike Smith offered to contact her. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, July 13 in the municipal building's upstairs.