OLD ORCHARD BEACH - A second Recall Committee was organized in Old Orchard Beach Thursday in an attempt to remove councilors Michael Coleman, Robin Dayton and Bob Quinn from office.
The three, who make up the minority on the seven-person council, have been staunch supporters of Mark Pearson, who was fired as the town manager last week.
Cari-Lyn Lane is heading the latest Recall Committee, which also includes Michelle Arnold, Bill Daley, Robin Dube, Guy Fontaine, Neal Weinstein and Sheila White.
Weinstein is the attorney for Public Works Director Bill Robertson, whonearly lost his job under Pearson, but was restored to office by thecouncil majority, headed by Chairwoman Sharri MacDonald.
Earlier this week, another Recall Committee, under the leadership of DaveFrancoeur, took out petitions to oust the council majority – MacDonald, Laura Bolduc, Dana Furtado and Linda Mailhot – because of their lack of support for Pearson.
On Thursday, Lane told the Sun Chronicle she's seeking to recall the council minority due to their lack of professionalism and good manners. In addition, she believes that the schism, which has split the council and made it difficult to do business, should not be blamed solely on thecouncil majority.
"If we're going to recall four, we should just recall them all," Lane said.
Francoeur said his committee is seeking to get rid of the council majority because the members are frustrated that their numerous questions about why Pearson's contract was terminated have gone unanswered.
“They are not representing us taxpayers in an appropriate manner and now we’re on the hook for a possible lawsuit," he added.
According to Town Clerk Kim McLaughlin, each recall group has 30 days togather the signatures of 815 registered voters in Old Orchard Beach, which is equal to 20 percent of those who voted in the last gubernatorial election.
Assuming both committees are able to get at least 815 certified signatures, the Town Council would then have 45 days to submit the recalls to the voters. If the council failed to act, then the town clerk would have the right to set the recall election, McLaughlin said.
See the March 21 issue of the Sun Chronicle for further updates on this story.