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Showing posts with label Lisbon Waste Water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lisbon Waste Water. Show all posts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEP Original Agreement with Lisbon‏

The Town should publicly disclose the detailed proposal to DEP. The 
public, Conservation Commission, Water Commissioners, ARWC, and 
environmental groups should have had the opportunity to provide input. 
Interested and credible parties with good working relations with DEP 
would have had a real opportunity to enhance the local environment.
Other communities around us are getting cash grants from the State of 
Maine for environmental projects. We likely would be awarded a grant if 
the administration was environmentally pro-active and not adversarial 
toward the DEP and local interests.
Lisbon has two models for managing our utilities and the results are 
clear. The Water Dept. is overseen by a board, with minutes and open 
public participation. Their public complaints and system operations 
issues are discussed and resolved in the open. The Sewer Dept. does not 
cooperate with the public on any such basis.  The environmental 
contamination by the Lisbon Sewer Dept. is the result of lack of 
visibility and accountability. For instance, there is no disclosure of 
the complaints from the Huston Park area related to the months of sewer 
line back-up or the system failures at the Sabattus River boat launch 
dumping perhaps millions of gallons of raw sewage into the river.
This clearly illustrates the need to keep the Water Dept. oversight 
structure. Bringing the Sewer Dept. under the same management would also 
serve the community better than the present system.
Submitted by: Steve Warren 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lisbon Town Council Workshop Agenda February 11, 2014

7:00 P.M.


___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Brunelle
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Metivier
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

Town Clerk reading of meeting rules

• Public Works, Solid Waste, Waste Water Treatment Plant Department Presentations





Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Town Of Lisbon Managerial Report For January 1, 2012

Disclaimer: We did not write this material. It was done by well paid town employees.



Please click on the link below for the January reports:

If you have any questions regarding this report or any other concern, please contact us.


Stephen G. Eldridge
Town Manager

Friday, July 29, 2011


To The Lisbon Reporter

Does no one but Mr. Fillmore and me find the letter written and sent by Lisbon Town Manager Steve Eldridge to Ryan Leighton, head of Public Works, who forwarded it to Mr. Elwood (Button) Beals, former head of Public Works, find it unacceptable behavior for a town manager?

Mr. Beals, former head of the Town of Lisbon Public Works Department has always done an excellent job, is liked and respected by the workers. Why didn’t Mr. Eldridge call public works and ask why there were 2 employees on the street sweeper, instead of calling an employee an idiot? And then, there is Mr. Leighton, head of public works, instead of going to or calling public works to find out what was going on, forwarded the letter to Button Beals.

If there were 2 employees running the sweeper that day, I’m sure there was a good reason for it. Mr. Beals knows his job, and does it well. To disrespect him the way Town Manager Eldridge did is totally unacceptable!

Mr. Ryan Leighton, Lisbon Town engineer and head of the Sewerage Treatment Plant, this year was also given the additional duties as head of Public Works and Solid Waste, along with a considerable increase in his salary.

At the Tuesday July 5, 2011 town council meeting, #6 - Orders, Resolutions and Ordinances, 2011 Order – Public Works Truck and Body Bids, Mr. Leighton said the lowest bid for a stainless steel truck body $27,175 and $2,200 for painting and installation. When asked by Councilor Bowie if the amount requested included both the purchase and installation, Mr. Leighton hesitated, and said he did not know. He was totally unprepared! And this is someone our town manager and town council, all but one dissenting vote, hired to be in charge of the public works, plus gave him a generous raise ! ? ! ?

Sounds to me like he has so many duties he can’t keep track of them all.


Dorothy B. Fitzgerald
A Very Concerned Lisbon Citizen

Monday, July 11, 2011

More Insight on the Lisbon Government


Is it mismanagement and /or misappropriation to pay an individual taxpayer’s dollars when they are not qualified (Watch the July 5, 2011 Town Council meeting)? I believe this is cronyism. Cronyism is the practice of appointing friends to high-level, especially political, posts regardless of their suitability or the practice of favoring one's close friends, especially in political appointments. Adding an additional layer to management cost the taxpayer’s money without a significant return on investment. This additional layer is costing the taxpayer’s $34,655.00 a year. As Eldridge states in his letter; this has been going on for five years which has cost the taxpayers $34,655.00 times 5 equals $173,275.00.

Now the town council approved an 8% pay increase to Leighton to be the Director of Public Works and Transfer Station. Again, I believe this is a prime example of cronyism. This additional layer will cost the taxpayer’s $35,209.00 per year. The town council and town manager should be looking at ways to reduce spending instead of increasing it. This year, the town council approved an increase in spending of .09% over last year’s budget.

What do you think? Is it mismanagement and/or misappropriations? I believe the town council and town manager are mismanaging the town of Lisbon by adding additional unnecessary layer of management (cronyism) and definitely misappropriating our tax dollars. If you agree with me, please contact your town councilor and voice your opinion or send your comments to the Lisbon Reporter.

Larry A. Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Larry to Town Manager on Sewer-2
Steve Letter on Sewer

Friday, May 20, 2011

Brain Dead Management


The Lisbon Waste Water Treatment Facility is rated 4 by the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The facility is currently being operated by Mr. Gerald Kamke, Grade 5 operator and Mr. Steve Aievoli, Grade 4 operator. This meets the criteria of the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection. You would think this is great for Lisbon because these two individuals are doing such an outstanding job for the Town of Lisbon.

Now comes the rub, Mr. E. Ryan Leighton, Grade 2 operator is the Superintendent of the Waste Water Treatment Facility. According to the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection, anyone can be called Superintendent or any name you want to be called but NO ONE can operate the facility unless they are a Grade 4 or 5 operators. So why are we paying Mr. E Ryan Leighton $69,310 to be the Town Engineer and the Superintendent of Waste Water Treatment Plant when Mr. Leighton can not operate the facility without either Mr. Kamke or Mr. Aievoli being present to supervise him. Who supervises who in this operation?

Mr. Kamke is the Operations Manager according to the Town of Lisbon Web site and Mr. Leighton is the Superintendent. How can someone who is not qualified to operate the facility be in charge of someone who is qualified accord to the State? Only in Lisbon is this possible. In this economic crisis, why don’t we promote Mr. Kamke to Superintendent of the Waste Water Treatment Facility and make Mr. Steve Aievoli  the Operations Manager and do a way with a superintendent who can not operate the plant without having one of these two gentlemen present.

Let’s think about the monies the Town of Lisbon could save by eliminating Mr. Leighton from the chain of command. Instead of creating justification for increasing the pay of a person who is not qualified in a position, promote the actual worker doing the job. This is good management protocol and strengthens the spree de corps in the unit.

Larry A. Fillmore
Concerned Citizen