Ellsworth City Manager
(Ellsworth) – The City of Ellsworth has operated for about 5-months with an interim city manager and city councilors hope that ends tonight. Current Police Chief Glenn Moshier and the council have been negotiating a contract for several weeks since the council offered him the job in December. The discussions reportedly include Moshier holding both the city manager’s and police chief jobs. The city council meets tonight.
Ellsworth Fire Chief
(Ellsworth) – Fire trucks and a police car led a procession of vehicles past retired Ellsworth Fire Chief Richard Tupper’s home Saturday afternoon to wish him well on his first day of retirement. He stepped down last Friday after 35-years with the Ellsworth department, starting as a firefighter and spending the last decade or so as the chief. Current Deputy Chief Gary Saunders will run the fire department for now – when a new city manager is appointed, the position will be filled permanently. It’s not clear if Saunders is interested in the post long-term as he is nearing retirement as well.
Coronavirus – Daily Numbers
(Augusta) – After some whopping statistics on Friday, the Coronavirus report for Sunday seems pretty tame in Maine. The Center for Disease Control reported 281 new infections and no new deaths. The death toll in Maine remained at 432. Many of the deaths reported on Friday actually occurred in December and had not reached the CDC. Maine hospitals are treating 205 COVID-19 patients, 56 of them in critical care.
(Augusta) Although the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines received by the state each week remains flat, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says the number of persons being vaccinated is climbing. Shah said of the 43 thousand-plus, 2,250 EMS clinicians have received at least a first dose of the vaccine, and the state has placed a fifth order of vaccines for this week.
Staying Motivated/Staying Fit
(Ellsworth) Most folks are already struggling with resolutions promises made at the beginning of the New Year, particularly when it comes to getting fit. Downeast Family YMCA Fitness and Wellness Director Robin Clarke tells Star 97.7, there are keys to staying motivated. Other tips include writing down your goals and finding a workout buddy or group – something definitely available at the Downeast Family Y. Check out their website for a list of classes and times.
Mills Presents Balance Budget
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills on Friday submitted to the Legislature a supplemental budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 and a biennial budget proposal for Fiscal Years 2022-2023 that focus on maintaining vital services and increasing savings without creating new programs. The budgets are balanced, as required by the Constitution and do not change Maine tax rates or dip into the Budget Stabilization Fund. The Governor stated the proposed budgets are designed to strengthen the state’s response to COVID-19, cover projected revenue shortfalls, and increase the rainy day fund to record high savings.
BMV Fully Opens
(Augusta) Newly sworn-in Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has reinstated regular deadlines and requirements for renewals of BMV-issued licenses, State IDs and other credentials. All such credentials that expired since the beginning of the state of civil emergency must now be renewed. Additionally, the driver’s license vision screening requirements that were waived since last spring are again in effect. Mainers can renew their credentials by visiting any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, but are advised to call ahead or check the website to ensure they have all necessary documentation in hand. COVID-19 safety requirements are in effect at all BMV locations.
Rockport Hotel Halted
(Rockport) – A judge has ordered work to stop on a new hotel in Downtown Rockport pending further hearings. The town issued a building permit for the hotel at 20-Central Street last February, and the town’s Board of Appeals recently upheld the permit. Opponents won a restraining order from judge Bruce Mallonee last week according to Village Soup dot-com. The order halts construction until a court can hear the appeal.
- The Celtics game against Miami was postponed last night due to COVID-19 as the Heat could not field a team.
- NFL Playoffs:
- Cleveland Browns 48 Pittsburgh Steelers 37,
- New Orleans Saints 21 Chicago Bears 9
- Baltimore Ravens 20 Tennessee Titans 13
- The U-Maine women completed a sweep of New Jersey Institute of Technology while the Men’s basketball team split.