Exercising common sense budget practices - it makes no sense to fund two organizations and then charge them rent; especially, when the space was offered to another potential tenant rent free.
I proposed taking the PD investigation under Council authority, where it should have started. The Mayor derailed the process by cancelling an Emergency Meeting request which would have allowed this option much earlier in the process saving several weeks of leave for the impacted employees. When items like this come up we need to exercise our authority and take charge.
Our current comprehensive plan is creating a future traffic nightmare on US1 north of Cascade Road. We need to demonstrate a smarter growth strategy for this area to prevent congestion over the next several decades.
Uncontested election results....
Alan Minthorn is elected by a two vote margin in recount
SACO – Alan Minthorn has prevailed over 11-term councilor Arthur Tardif in a recount after first winning by three votes.
The recount, as requested by Tardif, confirmed the final tallies of 260 votes for Minthorn and 258 votes for Tardif, narrowing the race to just a two point spread. Minthorn was declared the winner by Saco City Clerk, Michele Hughes.
“I don’t take this win lightly,” says Councilor-Elect Minthorn. “I’d like to thank Art for his decades of service on the Saco City Council and in our community.”
Tardif had previously been serving on the Saco City Council since 1993. Minthorn will be sworn into office in a ceremony on December 7th.
“This is your seat not mine and I hope to represent you to the best of my abilities,” says Minthorn. “I’m committed to meeting preparation, viewing issues from any and all sides, and casting votes based on Ward 5 resident input as well as what's best for Saco as a whole.”
PRESS HERALD - The city's Ward 5 will have a new city councilor for the first time since 1993.
Ward 5 in Saco will have a new city councilor for the first time since 1993. After a recount, Alan B. Minthorn was confirmed in the winner of the Ward 5 City Council race in Saco, city officials said Monday.
The original tally had put Minthorn up over 11-term Councilor Arthur Tardif by just three votes, triggering the recount.
The recount found Minthorn, who owns an insurance company called Maine Senior Insurance, edged Tardif out by just two votes. There were 18 blank ballots and two write-ins.
Minthorn, 58, had not been elected to office before. He has campaigned for his son, state Rep. Justin Chenette.
Tardif, 74, was a Saco police officer for 26 years and is an associate real estate broker.
Saco - A Saco resident and small business owner is challenging a long time incumbent for a seat on the Saco City Council.
Alan Minthorn, 58, of Saco has filed to run for City Council in Ward 5 against current Councilor Arthur Tardif, 73. Minthorn cites the high tax rates, economic development, and the need for an accessible councilor as the main reasons for jumping into the race.
“City Hall needs to refocus its priorities on what’s best for the senior that can’t afford to stay in their home, the new family looking to relocate, and the small business owner struggling to hire new employees,” says Minthorn. “It’s starts though with having a City Councilor who will go above and beyond to represent the ward.”
Minthorn’s life experience includes almost four decades as a classroom teacher including becoming vice president of the local teachers union and in high tech sales consulting; Past-President of a Rotary club; and 22 years in the insurance industry. He currently owns and operates a small health insurance agency in Saco called Maine Senior Insurance, LLC.
Minthorn is being endorsed by State Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco.
“My step father will bring a passion back to city hall that we haven’t seen for many years,” says Chenette. “It’s time for some new energy and new ideas to get our city back on track.”
If elected, this would be Minthorn’s first time holding public office. So far no other candidate has taken out papers to run in Ward 5 other than for Tardif and Minthorn. Election will take place Tuesday Nov. 3rd at the Community Center on Franklin Street.