May 24, 2020

And other matters …

During the past year, the Bangor City Council has faced city issues head-on, objectively and with unparalleled cooperation, not only with citizens, the city staff and the council committees, but among the council members themselves.

As the election draws near, the performance of Nichi Farnham, a council member running for re-election, deserves some attention. Despite being a member of the council for less than a year, she has adopted an quiet but effective approach to her duties that has had a very positive impact on the city and its citizens. Several families from the Second Street Park area, interested in improving the conditions and facilities at the park, sought her help. She visited the park with the families, and as a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, was able to obtain the assistance of that department to support the cleanup-fixup efforts by the families, and to obtain a person to supervise play activities at the park.

When the issue of the Bangor City Nursing Facility arose, she visited it and spoke not only to the residents, but to their families, many with children and little money, who would have to shoulder the burden of caring for them if the facility was closed. In the council dialogue that ensued, she took a bold position to support retaining the facility, to which the remainder of the council later agreed.

Bangor is well served by this young member of the council, both mother and wife, who works personally with its citizens and the city departments to resolve issues that are close to the heart of Bangor. Jim Smith Bangor

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