By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Over the past five years, Lewiston’s third-floor staff has done yeoman’s work in cleaning up and slowly moving Lewiston forward. Our code department has done a great job in accelerating the removal of blighted and dangerous buildings from our landscape.
These buildings served as urban fire loads that in the past have contributed to major destructive fires, resulting in injuries and property destruction. Worse, it placed residents in constant fear of their safety. This was unacceptable, and our staff has worked hard to greatly reduce these fears.
Evan Greaton, a sixth-grade student at Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston, recently presented the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society with special holiday donations for the animals, which he asked for this year in lieu of Christmas gifts. Friends and family members generously donated pet food, treats and toys, all of which will help care for the thousands of unwanted animals the Humane Society helps each year. For more information about volunteering at the shelter or adopting an animal call, 783-2311 or see www.SavingPetsInMaine.org.
Optimist Club members Sabrina Best and Jason Hanken of the Auburn and Lewiston Recreation Departments present guest speaker Tad Boetcher of Lost Valley Ski Area a copy of the Optimist Creed. Boetcher updated the club on the new features of the Lost Valley Complex, including a tubing run, cross country and snow shoeing trails, new snow making capabilities and chair lift updates. For more information, see the Lost Valley website at www.lostvalleyski.com.
Registered nurse Kate Preston has been recognized by Central Maine Medical Center as a DAISY Award recipient. The award is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation to honor nurses who in their work consistently demonstrate the attributes of a nursing profession role model. These include compassion, critical thinking, passion for life, patient- and family-focused care, patient advocacy, and support of fellow healthcare team members. Preston works in the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center, located on the third floor of the Chalke (formerly Memorial) Wing. She was nominated for the award by the family of a patient in her care.
After 18 years with the City of Lewiston, Deputy City Administrator Phil Nadeau has announced his impending retirement, effective June 30. Following a total of 23 years in public administration, Nadeau recently submitted his letter of resignation and shared the news with municipal employees. He looks forward to spending more time with his family.
“Phil Nadeau is a class act,” said Mayor Robert E. Macdonald. “While I understand his decision, this is a tremendous loss for the City of Lewiston. He has given his heart and soul during his service with city government, and we have all benefitted from his expertise and insight.”
The public is invited to meet Jon “Bowzer” Bauman at a free event at the Gendron Franco Center on Tuesday, January 17 at 2 p.m. Bauman, formerly of Sha Na Na and TV game show fame, is a co-founder of Senior Votes Count. He will be in Maine with Social Security Works to present a message called “Hands Off Medicare.” All are welcome to attend the brief talk in Heritage Hall and then stay for photographs with Bauman, who will be joined by Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works. This is Bauman’s second appearance at the Franco Center.
By Jonathan P. LaBonte
Mayor of Auburn
Last week in my report, I predicted the Auburn City Council would find a means in the upcoming budget process to reduce the tax burden on its taxpayers.
That task became difficult on January 1 when two things happened: Androscoggin County confirmed a property tax increase of nearly 7% and the Auburn Water District has floated increasing their rates by nearly 20%.
While the county tax increase was set in stone when the budget committee failed to find a means to reduce county expenditures, a major driver of increased county spending over time has been the county-based 911 communications–a system that Auburn subsidizes through its property taxes, only to have to fund 50% of a duplicative system at LA 911.
By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
Power corrupts! In politics, a percentage of seasoned politicians inevitably develop The Tammany Hall Syndrome, succumbing to a carrot being dangled in front of them by lobbyists.They are secure in their seat. No one credible ever challenges them.
Thus they feel very secure in their elected position and, like every criminal, they feel they are much too smart and powerful to get caught.
Running for a political office is an honorable endeavor. While a few narcissists dream of making it a career, most candidates enter into the fray with good intentions. They want to better their community and state. They are willing to sacrifice a portion of their personal and family time to accomplish this.
Thirteen candidates recently earned the Information Systems Support Specialist Certificate offered through the Corporate and Community Services Department at Central Maine Community College. Certificate recipients successfully complete a combination of national certifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals, Microsoft Networking Fundaments, Microsoft Windows Server Administration Fundamentals and Microsoft Security Fundamentals.
Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald is seeking interested citizen volunteers to serve as members of the City’s various boards and committees. Applications from Lewiston residents will be accepted until the positions are filled. The following boards and committees have current openings: the Board of Appeals, Finance Committee, Historical Preservation Review Board, L/A Community Forestry Board, Library Board of Trustees, and Planning Board.
Due to residency requirements in the City Charter, neither the Board of Appeals nor the Planning Board may have more than two members serving simultaneously from the same ward. This is to ensure adequate and balanced representation from all sections of the city.
Application forms and committee descriptions are available at the City Clerk’s office or on the City’s website. Completed applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office for processing. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the process, contact the City Clerk’s office at 513-3124 or see www.lewistonmaine.gov.