Storm cleanup was community effort in Woolwich

Posted:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:00am

The Woolwich select board praised the community’s emergency workers, road commissioner and volunteers for their response to last week’s storm.

At Monday night’s meeting, Chair David King Sr. said although many residents were inconvenienced by the loss of power and road closures, the town office received very few complaints.

“Throughout the storm, I saw neighbors helping one another and making the situation better,” King said. “I’m proud to live in a community where people put others first and pitch in whenever needed.”

King thanked Fire Chief Mike Demers, EMS Director Brian Carleton, Road Commissioner Jack Shaw and their crews for their work during the storm. He also thanked Jason Shaw and Shaw’s construction workers for their help clearing roads. “I don’t think anyone here anticipated the amount of damage this storm would cause,” added King. “I think it shows the spirit, resourcefulness and character of the people of our town.”

Woolwich native Jack Shaw called it the worst storm of its kind he’d ever witnessed for this time of year. “We’re pretty well cleaned up from it. Any trees or other debris we cut-up were left there on the property,” he said.

Selectman Dale Chadbourne asked what would be done with trees left leaning following the storm. Shaw said there was little the town could do if the problem trees were on private property. Central Maine Power won’t address them until after they fall onto a power line, he said. Carleton noted the fire department had a crew of 20 working on the day of the storm and tallied up 294 man hours. Demers was unable to attend the meeting.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Dickey Brigance as EMA director and appointed Carleton to fill the position. Carol Gross was appointed to the Cemetery Committee. The board had a closed-door, or executive session to discuss a personnel matter, then returned to open session and granted Town Administrator Suzette Cloutier’s request for four days’ vacation.

Woolwich will hold its Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Nequasset Meeting House. The town office will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of the holiday.