City Welcomes New Mayor, Council Member

By Amy Jeanroy

 

At a city organizational meeting on November 10, the new mayor and member of city council were sworn into office. Billy Howard accepted the position as the newly elected mayor of the city of Calais, while Mike Sherrard accepted one of the two available seats on the council. Not present was Marcia Rogers, who was re-elected for her second term. 

After the swearing in, Mayor Howard addressed the council saying that in order to keep things moving forward, the priorities for the council should be education first,  infrastructure second, and economic development third. 

Before ending the meeting, Howard brought up the proposed county budget increases, saying that he was waiting for more information on the county budget meeting that was held that afternoon. He was expecting to see increases for the city of Calais as well as other towns in Washington county. 

An appointee to the county budget committee for the last three years, Howard expressed concern about an increase in the new county budget without an audit having been done for 2015.   

“This council has tried to be very responsible for the last four years about trying to take care of infrastructure; roads, buildings, schools. They (county commissioners) are talking about taking out a bond to take care of buildings, so they don’t have to do anything for another 10 years. Then they would have to do it all over again in 10 years. That’s not responsible.”

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