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Council approves nominations to city boards

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
September 16, 2021
BERLIN — On Sept. 7, the Berlin City Council met and held a public hearing regarding Resolution 2021-19 Great Northwoods Community Foundation Donation. There was no public discussion, and the Council approved the Resolution.

The Resolution states, "A RESOLUTION authorizing the City of Berlin to accept a donation from the Great Northwoods Community Foundation in the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) for the purpose of use in projects and programs that advance the health and well-being of its Citizens for Fiscal Year 2022. Resolved by the City Council of the City of Berlin as Follows:

"WHEREAS the Great Northwoods Community Foundation wishes to make a $20,000 donation to the City of Berlin; and

"WHEREAS the City of Berlin recognizes the use of this donation in projects and programs that advance the health and well-being of its Citizens; and

"WHEREAS the City of Berlin recognizes the Public Benefits of improving recreation opportunities for its Citizens which aligns with the foundation's vision of promoting health and well-being."

The Council, moving along, approved disbursements in the amount of $2,085,526.23.

Under new business, the sale of 121 Main St. and abutting lots was discussed. A public hearing will take place on Sept. 20 regarding the sale.

James Wheeler, City Manager offered his report. He included a property transfer list for August 2021, and stated that sale prices continue to average considerable higher than assessed values. He also included the August Fire Department incident report, and stated that the Capital Improvement Plan process for the fiscal year 23-28 has been initiated with all departments.

In other news, Wheeler said, "Spencer Croteau of the Public Works Dept. has received notice of his promotion to the position of Carpenter with the department. Congratulations Spencer."

Eamon Kelly of Berlin sent a letter, requesting to be considered for an open seat on the Planning Board. Kelly stated that he graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 2012 from Boston College and afterward returned to Coos to work at his family's lumber business in Berlin.

He wrote, "Over the last decade I've filled numerous positions there which have exposed me to many parts of the construction process. My academic background has pushed me to examine those practices through a scientific lens, but I also have a soft spot in my heart for the historical character of our city. I look forward to playing a part in blending the old with the new. Although I feel qualified for this position, I am no expert and I know that I will learn a lot from the current board members. I hope that I can take the knowledge they provide and help pass it along to the next generation of city leaders."

The Council accepted the Mayor's nomination of Kelly to fill the open seat. Susan Tremblay was then appointed to the Berlin Housing Authority Commission, replacing Theresa Saucier, who's term is set to expire December of 2022. The Mayor then nominated Michael Perrault as Commissioner for the Berlin Housing Authority, the motion carried.

B. Edward Bryant will continue to serve on the Cemetery Committee with his term expiring in August of 2024.

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