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Sebec selectman resigns from post

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 47, November 20, 2002

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

SEBEC – The town's first selectman, Glenn Fariel, has resigned, citing increased job demands.

Fariel, who spent two years on the board, dated his letter of resignation Nov. 3, effective immediately. The letter states that "due to the increased responsibilities and demands with my job, I no longer have the time that I feel is necessary to perform my duties as first selectman."

Fariel works in the information technologies department at Dexter Shoe in Dexter.

He said Tuesday that due to the reduction in staff at the plant, demands on his job, including travel time, "have increased considerably."

The letter came two weeks after selectmen heard concerns from residents about Fariel's lack of attendance at meetings. Selectman Buzz Small said at the time he would write a letter to Fariel about his attendance.

Previously, residents also raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest as Fariel had retained a lawyer regarding an ongoing permitting confusion surrounding William and Charlene Moriarty's marine business and marina in Sebec Village. Fariel said he wanted to maintain standing on the issue, as he feels the town planning board acted in violation of its ordinances when it issued the permit to open the marina.

The town's code enforcement officer issued a stop work order to the couple June 5, as the permit does not say the word "marina" on it. The permit only indicated it was for a change of use, according to code enforcement officer Bill Murphy.

Selectmen are now working on negotiating a consent decree with the Moriaritys and their attorney, Edmond Bearor of Bangor÷the details of which remain undisclosed. Fariel stressed that his resignation from the board of selectmen has nothing to do with the permitting situation.

Selectmen Monday night set a tentative date to hold a special town meeting to elect an interim selectman to fill the post. The meeting is set for Jan. 7. The term will end June 30.

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