July 24, 2019

Bangor council to reconsider special election

BANGOR – City councilors will meet next week to revisit whether a special election should be held to fill the school committee vacancy that resulted from last month’s resignation of Dan Tremble.

Tremble resigned from his school committee post Nov. 16, one day after Bangor School Superintendent Robert Ervin informed him that, under state law, he could not serve on the seven-member panel while his wife, Molly Tremble, was employed by the school department.

Molly Tremble was hired in early September as an education technician at Fairmount School, where she staffs the computer room.

Councilors were poised to schedule a special election during their meeting last Monday night, but after a lengthy debate, they wound up nixing two proposed dates, one in late March and the other in June.

At that time, a council order calling for a June 12 election aimed at piggybacking on a possible state election failed 9-0, and a competing measure that would have led to a March 27 election also was shot down in a 5-4 vote.

As a result, the election moved by default to November, when municipal elections usually take place – unless, that is, councilors agreed to reconsider the matter, which is what happened, council Chairman Richard Greene confirmed Friday in a brief telephone interview.

During a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall, city councilors will meet to reconsider the failed council order that called for a June 12 election.

Greene said Monday’s meeting comes at the request of Councilor Peter D’Errico, who said he was concerned that this week’s votes might have had a different outcome had the council orders to that end been placed on the meeting agenda in chronological order.

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