2016-05-27 / Community

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Town announces interim human resources director

After less than two years on the job, Kennebunk’s human resources director is moving on. Carolyn Hughes was hired in September 2014 and left effective May 6 to launch a private consulting business.

At their May 10 meeting, selectmen endorsed the hiring of Michael Pardue as interim HR director. Pardue is no stranger to town hall. The owner of Kennebunk-based consulting firm The Tideview Group, he served as Kennebunk’s interim public services director from January to June 2015, during which time he crafted a needs assessment for the department.

He will be paid $37.50 per hour in his new role. How long he will remain on the job is unclear. Asked by Selectman Ed Karytko if a permanent HR director will be on staff by the start of the new fiscal year, July 1, Town Manager Barry Tibbetts said it may not be until late June before he has a job description written for the position.

“After talking with Mike [Pardue] and the staff I’ll have a process for how we are going to move forward by the second or fourth Tuesday in June,” he said.

Heroin arrest made on Alfred Road in Kennebunk

A Lyman man was arrested in Kennebunk Tuesday, May 10, but it wasn’t until after arriving at the York County Jail when he was charged with possessing 21 grams of heroin.

Matthew Petrucci, 20, was stopped at about 7 p.m. on Alfred Road by state Trooper Benjamin Smith. A press release issued May 11 by Maine State Police Pubic Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland did not say why Smith pulled Petrucci’s car over to the side of the road. However, McCausland noted Petrucci claimed to have no drugs on him, even though he had a set of scales and failed a sniff test administered by a K-9 narcotics dog.

It was only upon entering the jail, were he was taken on a charge of driving after his license has been suspended, that Petrucci admitted to having drugs, McCausland said, “from his groin area.”

That drew an additional charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin, a Class A felony. Petrucci’s first appearance in York County Superior Court is set for July 22. His bail was set at $10,000 cash.

Selectmen close river to commercial alewive harvesting

Kennebunk Selectmen voted May 10 to once again close the Kennebunk River to commercial harvesting of alewives for the 2016 season.

Fishing remains open for individuals on a recreational basis, according to the motion made by Selectman Shiloh Schulte, who noted, when asked the difference, “If someone is harvesting commercially, they have to have a state license, and if they’re doing it in Kennebunk, they should be getting a fine.” Kennebunk’s town charter gives selectmen the right to regulate alewive fishing on the Kennebunk River and to sell commercial fishing rights “in accordance with state law.” However, according to Town Clark Merton Brown, they have not done so “for five or six years.”

Amendment for parking time limit sought on High Street

Paul Flaherty and Cherie Davis, owners of Cherie’s Bistro at 7 High St., have asked Kennebunk selectmen to amend the time limit for the parking spot in front of their business.

Currently, the entire length of High Street between York and Friend streets has a 2-hour limit between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Flaherty and Davis would like one spot set at a 30-minute maximum.

“We have parking out back for people who stay longer, but we have many people who just want to grab a quick cup of coffee, see nothing there out front, and don’t stop,” Flaherty told selectmen at their May 10 meeting.

Selectmen have set a public hearing on the change for their May 24 meeting, after which they may vote on the proposal, as well as on additional spots. Town Manager Barry Tibbetts said after walking the site and talking to business owners, he may recommend the addition of at least one other 30-minute spot. Of course, everything will hinge on enforcement, which may not be happening now. “We have noted that regularly and repeatedly that people park there and leave their cars there from two hours to all day,” Flaherty said.

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