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City Manager of Norway to recommend Investigator Campbell as Chief of Police

NORWAY — City Manager Dennis Lajoie told the select committee on Thursday that he plans to recommend Jeffrey Campbell as police chief in August.

Campbell is an investigator for the department. The Select Committee must approve the recommendation.

Police Chief Robert Federico announced he would retire on August 4. He has been chief of police since 2004.

In a separate case, the nearly century-old Sandy Shore Swimming Club received unanimous board approval to continue marking its swimming area on Lake Pennesseewassee with a buoy line.

Established in 1923 for residents of Paris Hill, the club is operated on an irrevocable trust to allow members, residents of Paris Hill, to retain the property on the north side of the lake as a recreation area. The group is not permitted to sell the property, under the terms of the trust agreement. The club pays taxes to the municipality.

Nestled in a cove, the buoy line will run parallel to the shore at approximately 200 feet, protecting swimmers from boaters.

Also at the meeting, two Waterford companies won contracts to upgrade the city’s website and provide remote equipment for video conferencing.

TownCloud, which Lajoie said specializes in website design for small municipalities, was the lowest bidder in a nationwide search, which included companies from Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and Denver. Some of the offers were three and four times higher than TownCloud’s offer of $4,789.80. A trial using the software to generate agendas for select committee meetings has received positive reviews.

A second Waterford company, Modem Ways, was the lowest bidder to supply remote equipment for the council office’s large and small conference rooms for $25,988. Funds from the city’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act will pay for both projects.

The council has approved an application for a vendor license for Isuken Co-op Food Truck of Lewiston to operate at the Alan Day Community Garden Farmer’s Market at 26 Whitman St. The truck will operate Fridays from 5-8 p.m. September 2.

During the discussion, coaches Ryan Lorrain and Dennise Whitley suggested having a food truck fleet in town. Whitley said she visited one last week in Bridgton, which she said had nine trucks and drew hundreds of people. She wonders if the same could be done in Norway.

In his report, Lajoie says he anticipates an agreement soon with HE Callahan Construction of Auburn for the phase 1 upgrade of the municipal complex. The first phase would include security expansion, garage, telephone wiring and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For phase 2 – swapping the police department and community space – Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins recommended that the city receive an $850,000 grant for the project. Lajoie expects to know this year if the grant is approved.

Steve Powers assumes the position of Acting Road Foreman, following the retirement of Art Chappel. Longtime clerk Shirley Boyce retired last week. Deputy Clerk Lisa Lombard has been promoted to Clerk.

The meeting was the first for Selectman Danielle Wadsworth, who was elected in a three-way race for two seats last month. Thomas Curtis, who lost his bid for a third term, received a plaque from President Russell Newcomb for his service.

Saying he loved his two terms on the board, Curtis said, “It’s a wonderful city. Please continue your good work. As wonderful as this city is, there is still plenty to do.

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