Saco City Council had been poised to appoint a new councilor to fill the Ward 5 vacancy on Monday, among other business, but a widespread internet outage meant a postponement to April 12. Courtesy Photo

SACO — A widespread internet disruption on Monday evening means Saco City Council’s agenda — including the appointment of a Ward 5 councilor, whether to act on an updated, formal letter of support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a partnership agreement for erosion control measures at Camp Ellis and a host of other items will be taken up next week.

The next City Council meeting, when four city departments will present their budgets, is set for April 12.

Three candidates have expressed their interest in filling the remainder of the Ward 5 City Council term that became vacant upon the resignation of Alan Minthorn in February.

Philip Hatch III, who operates a commercial credit training service and once served on the Saco Planning Board; William Gayle, a grant and policy administrator for the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority; and Jennifer L. Day, a realtor who served on the Augusta City Council, on the School Board there and made an unsuccessful run for Maine House District 86 in 2018, have all expressed interest in the seat.

The term expires in December 2022, and is filled by appointment of the City Council according to the City Charter.

The letter to the Army Corps councilors will vote on includes language that the city understands its role as a non-federal sponsor, including obligations to pay any project costs over and above the $26.9 federal project limit; assuming responsibility for future operation, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and replacement of the project; and “holding and saving the U.S. Federal Government harmless from all damages arising from the design, operation, and maintenance of the Project, except for damages caused by the negligence or fault of the Government or its agents,” according to a copy of the letter.

Saco City Council meetings, like most during this coronavirus pandemic, are conducted online; most begin at 6:30 p.m. To access meetings, go to

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