March 12, 2013

Old Orchard Beach residents look to recall officials

Town councilors meet in closed session as an effort starts to oust the four who 'voted to terminate a good manager.'

By Gillian Graham
Staff Writer

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David Francoeur, left, watches as Old Orchard Beach town clerk Kim M. McLaughlin shows Francoeur a blank recall petition at the town office Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Francoeur chairs a recall committee created to recall four Old Orchard Beach town councilors who voted to terminate the town manager's contract.

Gabe Souza / Staff Photographer

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PDF: Old Orchard Beach recall committee statement

Mailhot said she had to make "the best decision for the residents, myself included" when the situation with Pearson arose.

"It was not an easy decision to make," she said. "I can only ask that when the town attorney authorizes us to release information to the residents and they are given an opportunity to review that information, that they will have any open mind and be able to have an understanding as to why I voted the way I did."

MacDonald, Bolduc and Furtado did not respond to requests for comment about the recall.

The recall committee now has 30 days to collect 815 signatures of registered voters on separate petitions for each town councilor. If those signatures are certified by the town clerk, the Town Council has 45 days to schedule a recall vote. Councilors can then be removed from office with a simple majority.

If the committee fails to collect enough signatures, the process ends and a new petition cannot be started for 180 days.

Town Clerk Kim McLaughlin said the only other recall attempt in Old Orchard Beach was in 1990. The attempt to recall Town Councilors Norma Baker and F. William Schlatterer failed.

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