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TO: ~~~~   Mayor MacLean, Members of the City Council, and Department Heads
FROM:~~Scott Morelli, City Manager
DATE:~~ August 17, 2012
RE:~~~~~   Weekly Memo

Below please find an update on recent City activities:

  • On August 20th construction will (finally) begin on the Route 126 project.  Commuters can expect traffic delays for at least one but up to two months in that section of town, though at least one lane should remain open at all times.  Residents and adjacent property owners seeking further information about the project can contact Anne Lowe of the Maine DOT at 446-0951 (cell) or at
  • The Gardiner Police Department’s Color Guard has been selected to display the flags at an upcoming Red Sox game at Fenway Park.  On September 7th, GPD will present the American Flag, Canadian Flag, and Maine flag during the playing of the National Anthem.  Members of the Color Guard include: Chief James Toman, Sgt. Todd Pilsbury, Sgt. Isaiah Peppard, Ptlm. Normand Gove, Ptlm. Marcus Niedner, and Det. Michael Durham
  • Thanks to work of City Staff and Gardiner Main Street Director Patrick Wright, the State DOT has agreed to put up historic signage around the turnpike & 295 to point drivers towards Gardiner destination points.  One of these signs went up recently near exit 49 (see picture below). We will continue to work with DOT on placement of these signs to help attract visitors to Gardiner
  • On August 10 the fire crew noted that the downtown radio repeater was not performing properly.  Repeaters are designed to relay radio signals to a wider area or assist with obstructions to the signal. Fire crews led by communications officer Lt. Rick Sieberg began the process of ruling out which of the three radio repeater sites was down.  Lt. Sieberg determined that the downtown repeater located at Central Station had developed a malfunction. A spare transmitter was installed bringing the system back to full function.  By performing the repair in house, during non-business hours, it is estimated the City saved $350 to $500. Also, the in-house repair kept the downtime of critical communications infrastructure to a minimum while never fully losing all communications.  Congrats and thanks Lt. Sieberg and Gardiner Fire/Rescue
  • I will be attending the annual New England Management Institute for municipal managers next Wed – Fri in Newry, ME.  Topics to be covered will include Freedom of Access Act updates, legislative updates, leadership development, health insurance costs/reform, and more
  • Nomination papers are available for mayor, city council, and school board. Papers may be picked up in the City Clerk’s office during normal business hours and are due back by September 10
  • The next “Coffee with the Manager” event will be held on Friday, September 21st from 8 am to 10 am at Dunkin’ Donuts on 35 Bridge St.  The focus will be on elections and voting  and as such I will be joined by City Clerk Dee Berglund
As always, I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of Gardiner as City Manager.


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