City Council appoints Belfast resident to withdrawal committee

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 09, 2012

Belfast — Councilor Eric Sanders nominated Belfast resident Susan Woods to serve on the RSU 20 withdrawal committee at the Tuesday, July 3, City Council meeting. Sanders said Woods has three children in the RSU 20 system and she was the only resident to volunteer to serve on the committee.

Councilor Nancy Hamilton pointed out the fact that Woods has a background in accounting, which she said would be beneficial to the committee because the financial impact of withdrawing is one component of the report that has to be filed with the state.

“I think Susan is a really good choice,” Hamilton said.

Joseph Slocum, city manager, said the commissioner of education notified the city saying the notice of voter intent to explore withdrawing from RSU 20 was received. The four-person committee must now schedule a meeting by July 24, with the only vacancy on the committee being a school board member.

Slocum said he would contact the school board to request the committee position be filled as quickly as possible.

“The sooner we can get started, the better,” Sanders said.

Sanders also said he would give the City Council regular updates on the committee’s progress after asking councilors if they would like to be updated during City Council meetings.

The Council unanimously voted in favor of appointing Woods as a member of the withdrawal committee.

Currently, Morrill, Northport and Swanville residents have also joined Belfast in voting to withdraw from RSU 20. Searsmont held its withdrawal vote on Tuesday, July 10, and Belmont has yet to schedule a date for a withdrawal vote.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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