Naples board reviews town manager resumes

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

NAPLES — The countdown is little more than a month until the current Naples town manager resigns.

In addition to selecting someone to step into the position before mid-June, the Naples Board of Selectmen is reviewing the proposed municipal budget prior to Town Meeting on June 4.

On Monday, the board met in executive session to look over some of the resume packages that had been submitted. That process took about an hour.

According to Town Manager Derik Goodine, the town received resumes from a total of six applicants. Those were due no later than Monday at 4 p.m., he said.

Board Chairman Dana Watson said that the selectmen would have a better idea of who to contact for interviews after meeting again midweek.

Another item that the board views as time sensitive is revamping the Town Public Beach toward the Kent’s Landing side. Items to be relocated in the green-space include the War Veterans’ Memorial, playground equipment that was purchased by the town, and the cupola that once adorned one of the four corners of the Naples Hotel.

Selectman Bob Caron II expressed some frustration that these projects have been on the town’s to-do list since last spring.

He said that the ground will have to be graded and leveled before the Veterans’ Memorial can be moved to that space.

Also, Caron asked to see a sketch of how everything would fit on the town property.

Selectman John Adams, who was not present at Monday’s meeting, had — with the assistance of resident Joanna Moore — acquired a grant to move the memorial.

Goodine said he has budgeted for the relocation of the playground equipment.

“There is money in the Kent’s Landing fund — about $500 or $600 to put in the playground equipment,” Goodine said.

He said the equipment will have to adhere to safety standards. During a previous meeting, he liked the idea of having the swing set and slide closer to the water so that toddlers can be entertained while older siblings take swimming lessons.

Goodine has also allocated money in the budget for the town to continue the process of securing a site for  a possible public well. The money would pay for the testing of wells around the proposed property. He said a town-owned parcel near Sebago Lake was a good choice because the conservation easements are already in place.

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