June 14, 2013

Old Orchard Beach recall inauguration set for Monday

From staff reports

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The inauguration of the six residents who were elected Tuesday to replace six Old Orchard Beach town councilors will take place Monday, as originally scheduled.

The new councilors will be sworn in at Town Hall immediately after the final meeting of the current seven-member council, which must meet to certify the results of the election that removed six members from office. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Bob Quinn was the only councilor to survive the recall vote, which followed months of political turmoil prompted by the town manager's ouster in March.

On Thursday, the inauguration was postponed one week because of a possible recount of recall election results. However, some residents complained that the delay was not necessary and would leave the new councilors with just one week to review and pass a town budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Councilor Michael Coleman, who was recalled by a margin of 11 votes, is expected to formally request a recount before the deadline at 6 p.m. Tuesday. If the recount changes the results of the election after Monday's inauguration, Coleman will be returned to his council seat in a separate inauguration, according Assistant Town Manager V. Louise Reid.

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