To the Editor:
I recently received a disturbing unsigned letter from a group called Take Back Ogunquit. It contained opinions about the town manager and Select Board actions that don’t relate to facts.
The group claimed that because the Select Board declined to place a citizen on a town committee they were violating the first and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Town residents must have Select Board approval to serve on any town committee.
The letter claimed that $45,000 of taxpayers’ money spent on updating the Comprehensive Plan was wasted because Ogunquit residents voted not to approve it. The plan needs some additions to protect the environment. These additions could be added and then be put before the taxpayers for a new vote.
The group claims that the termination of the fire chief was mismanaged. Untrue. The town manager fired him because of complaints from Fire Department employees. One complaint was gender discrimination, requiring immediate investigation by state law, so progressive discipline couldn’t be followed. Mr. O’Brien was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Section 8 lays out all due process procedures. The town manager worked with legal counsel throughout this process. Town residents should let the matter be decided by the court of law, not the court of citizen opinion.
I have lived in Ogunquit for 20 years. It saddens me to see the town once again in turmoil. Residents want our town to be clean and green. We want our beautiful beach and Marginal Way to be cared for. We want our elected representatives and our town manager that we chose to be able to do Ogunquit’s business without constant interference from from a minority of town taxpayers.