LEWISTON — In his first tackle as mayor, Carl Sheline made financial improvement his clear focus, instantly establishing a committee tasked with ramping up funding within the metropolis.
Sheline, who ran for public workplace for the primary time, stated he desires to construct upon the “unshakable” religion of Lewiston residents — together with hints of optimism from the final two years — and switch it into motion.
“If we need to transfer our financial system ahead, we have to make our metropolis enterprise pleasant and encourage personal funding,” he stated within the speech.
Sheline stated he just lately spoke to a neighborhood enterprise proprietor about funding in Lewiston. When Sheline instructed him that Lewiston “is popping a nook,” he replied again, “Carl we’ve been turning a nook for the previous 10 years.”
“Lewiston has modified a lot, however his level is nicely taken,” Sheline stated. “We want clear course and decisive motion to make sure our financial future.”
After new metropolis leaders had been sworn into workplace on the Gendron Franco Heart on Monday, Sheline introduced the formation of the brand new committee, which he stated will start work instantly.
He instructed the Solar Journal that the committee can be a “high down” look with “the whole lot on the desk.”
In his tackle Monday, he stated that may probably embody discussions on encourage companies or entrepreneurs to decide on Lewiston and appeal to new personal funding within the metropolis. For metropolis authorities, he stated, it might imply streamlining the allow course of, or inspecting the code and zoning ordinances.
“We have to level the ship in the precise course and hit the gasoline,” he stated. “I don’t assume there’s going to be a silver bullet, however in all probability a group of issues we do to enhance.”
The committee can be co-chaired by longtime Lewiston resident Mark Lee, associate at Harriman Associates, an architectural and engineering agency.
The 16-member committee consists of officers from massive establishments resembling Central Maine Medical Heart, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Heart, and Geiger promotional merchandise firm, in addition to restaurant homeowners Jules Patry, and downtown property homeowners together with Adilah Mohammed.
Lee instructed the Solar Journal that he doesn’t need the committee to easily be an train to provide you with concepts.
“It must be actionable, and translate into actual change,” he stated. “We need to leverage the alternatives we’ve got to essentially make significant change within the metropolis.”
Lee stated the committee might find yourself points resembling schooling, workforce coaching and reasonably priced housing. With actual property values so excessive in southern Maine and different areas of the state, he stated it could possibly be “fortuitous timing” with “actual alternative for funding in Lewiston.”
Sheline stated saying the committee on inauguration evening “speaks to the urgency by which we have to transfer ahead.”
He stated the committee will probably maintain public listening classes in April by October, adopted by “a census of the progress in December.”
Sheline stated he knocked on some 2,000 doorways whereas campaigning, and was struck by the “unimaginable variety” of the town, whereas holding a “unifying theme of delight of place.”
“Over the previous 200 years Lewiston overcame adversity at each flip and that course of has yielded a robust sense of shared identification for all of us,” he stated. “Every one in every of us cares about Lewiston and we are going to pour that power into constructive change for this metropolis. We are going to take our perception in Lewiston and switch it into motion.”
In his farewell tackle, outgoing Mayor Mark Cayer “known as it a day” in public service after 12 years in numerous roles in Lewiston. He stated he all the time tried to steer in approach that “introduced stability, civility and cheap responses.”
After a single two-year time period as mayor, he stated he believes the incoming council can proceed to make progress in addressing poverty, lowering lead poisoning and attracting builders. His farewell was met with a standing ovation from the restricted crowd.
The Metropolis Council and the Faculty Committee elected leaders Monday, with Lee Clement turning into council president and Bruce Damon elected chairman of the committee. Each provided inaugural remarks referring to the challenges of the earlier two-year time period amidst the pandemic.
Clement stated Lewiston should proceed to enhance public security, create sustainable financial improvement and ensure faculties are producing “top-quality graduates.”
Because of COVID-19 precautions, Monday’s occasion was livestreamed to most people with in-person attendance restricted to the households of officers. A variety of performances deliberate for the occasion had been faraway from the agenda or delivered remotely attributable to COVID-19 precautions.
In an announcement Monday, Gov. Janet Mills congratulated Sheline on the inauguration.
“You have to be honored that the individuals of Lewiston chosen you and your imaginative and prescient to information the town throughout a time of remarkable challenges, but in addition thrilling alternatives,” she stated. “As mayor, you’ll lead a various and quickly rising metropolis on such vital points and financial improvement, housing, and schooling. I do know you’ll take this accountability significantly, utilizing your function to enhance the lives and livelihoods of the high-quality individuals of Lewiston.”
Sheline, 42, has lived and raised his kids in Lewiston for over a decade. He’s co-manager of MUNKA Coworking, a shared working house at 213 Lisbon St. in Lewiston.
The 2022-2024 officers sworn in Monday had been:
Mayor: Carl Sheline
Metropolis Council: Linda Scott, Ward 1; Robert McCarthy, Ward 2; Scott Harriman, Ward 3; Ricky LaChapelle, Ward 4; Laurier Pease, Ward 5; Lee Clement, Ward 6; and Stephanie Gelinas, Ward 7.
Faculty Committee: Megan Parks, At-Giant; Bruce Damon, Ward 1; Janet Beaudoin, Ward 2; Elizabeth Eames, Ward 3; Tanya Whitlow, Ward 4; Ashley Medina, Ward 5; Meghan Hird, Ward 6; and Paul Beauparlant, Ward 7.