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Another selectman steps down in Frenchville

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — A second selectman has resigned from Frenchville’s board in a little more than a month. Jamie Voisine, a first-time selectman who was concluding his third and final year, submitted his letter of resignation on Friday to Town Manager Ryan E. Pelletier. 

Former vice chair Dan Collin left the board at the beginning of August.

Speaking on Monday, Voisine cited “personal reasons,” for his departure, which he said is what was also in his letter to Pelletier.

“I enjoyed my time there,” said Voisine. “We did some good things.”

Voisine spoke of the board’s efforts to improve the town’s recreation program, including upgrades to the community ice skating rink and baseball field. Also, he mentioned the continuing development of the Frenchville Heritage Park as a highlight of his tenure.

Voisine said it is unlikely he would have become as personally involved in such projects had he not been part of the board of selectmen.

“It’s nice to get involved,” he commented, adding that he plans to stay involved with various aspects of the town recreation programs.

Voisine said that issues surrounding the Pelletier Avenue controversy were a frustrating distraction, but were not the reason why he decided to step down before his term was over.

Pelletier had no comment on Voisine’s resignation, which still has to be reviewed by the board.

Following Collin’s departure, the remaining board members opted not to appoint someone to fill that seat temporarily. They chose instead to let voters elect a replacement in the previously scheduled statewide election on Nov. 7.

Board chair Craig Lawrence confirmed via email that the board of selectmen could still function with its remaining three members, which make up a minimum quorum. The board’s next step regarding the new vacancy will be reviewed at an upcoming board meeting on Sept. 19, he said.

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