April 5, 2013

Pearson files lawsuit to get OOB job back

Mwanwhile, campaigns to recall all seven Old Orchard Beach town councilors make their final push.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"It's really sad how dirty this has gotten," Lane said. "It's really sad what this is bringing to the community."

Taxpayers for Truth flyers outline the committee's concerns about Pearson and accuse him of repeatedly violating the town charter and improperly seeking reimbursement for expenses such as coffee. Most of the material circulated by the group focuses on Pearson, rather than the three councilors the group wants to recall.

The groups says Pearson showed "blatant disregard" for council votes and mistreated the town's staff.

"Taxpayers have had enough of these types of town managers who think they can run (roughshod) on our charter!" one Taxpayers for Truth flyer reads.

A Taxpayers for Truth flyer was inserted last week into a local weekly newspaper as if it were a paid advertisement, but Lane denies her group was behind it.

The Recall 4 campaign maintains a Facebook page and website, both of which link to video clips of council meetings and cite what the committee says are charter violations by the four-member majority.

"As we all know, Mr. Pearson repeatedly requested that the charges against him be aired and thus allow him a fair opportunity to respond. The Four, however, refused this basic fairness -- a chance to face his accusers and accusations," the Recall 4 website reads. "Instead of an airing of the charges and allowing for rebuttal, we are now inundated with flyers and newspaper ads filled with one-sided innuendo, leaving Mr. Pearson without the opportunity to respond."

Francoeur said the committee had collected about 700 signatures as of Thursday. The committee has no plans to end the recall effort, he said.

Lane said her committee will drop the recall effort if the other group does the same. She would not say how many signatures have been collected.

Both committees will continue collecting signatures Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Saco Avenue and Staples Street.

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