With some discussion, the town voted unanimously to extend its contract with the East Millinocket school department.
Resident Paul Farrington expressed concerns over language permitting East Millinocket to withdraw from the agreement at any time.
“They could have pulled the plug on us two or three times,” he said, suggesting that East Millinocket may have broken the contract if Brascan hadn’t purchased the mill.
Farrington also cast the only dissenting vote on the town’s contribution to MAGIC, the Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council, insisting that the contribution was nothing more than a burden to the town.
MAGIC is funded in part by donations from Millinocket, East Millinocket, and Medway, the area’s three largest towns.
Bruce McLean, MAGIC’s executive director, said that he has been working with several businesses interested in coming to the area, and said that he has been strongly promoting Medway, with its location right off of the interstate. McLean also said that businesses currently operating in Medway have also come to him for guidance and resources.
“I wouldn’t give you people 13 cents,” Farrington replied.
The town’s contribution to MAGIC, along with other requests for donations to area organizations passed.
Only 39 of Medway’s 1,500 residents were in attendance.
-- Ken Anderson 06/17/03