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Zeigler presents bill on behalf of Lincolnville Sewer District board

May 04, 2021

Augusta — Rep. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville, introduced a bill Tuesday, May 4, that would increase the membership of the Lincolnville Sewer District Board of Trustees to five members from three.

According to a press release, LD 1625 came at the request of Paul Lippman, former board chairman, who told Zeigler of the difficulty in finding trustees, the amount of work the board handles, and why two additional members would be beneficial for all.

“After speaking with the board chair and hearing about some of the difficulties the board has had, I was happy to introduce this bill on their behalf,” Zeigler said in the press release. “I’m hopeful that, should this bill become law, the board will have a couple more hands to lighten the load and conduct business.”

Lippman said in the press release, “One of the biggest problems the board is dealing with, since its inception, is finding trustees. Our district is small, with only about 60 properties, and many of the residents are part-time and some are not U.S. citizens, so the pool is small. For a few years we have been working with two trustees, and if one person is not available, we do not have a quorum.”

The bill stipulates that the additional two members would be alternates, and they would be able to vote only if there is not already a quorum.

The committee will hold a work session on Zeigler’s legislation on Thursday, May 6.

Zeigler is serving his third term in the Maine House and represents the communities of Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont. He serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

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