At an executive session of the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen on March 2, Town Manager Matt Lutkus, who had earlier announced his decision to retire at the end of 2016, agreed to stay on in a part-time capacity for another year.
The decision came after the selectmen’s review of major projects in process, including the waterfront improvement project and the Elm Street and Bristol Road sidewalk, water, and sewage projects.
“There is never a good time to lose an effective manager, so we were delighted when Matt agreed to stay on for another year, working reduced hours, while these major initiatives were underway,” said Robin Mayer, chair of the board of selectmen.
Other board members echoed Mayer’s comments. “Matt will be more effective at reduced hours than a new town manager would be full time,” Selectman Josh Pinkham said.
The selectmen agreed that continuing Lutkus’ contract on a reduced-hour basis was a win-win.
“With the quality of the current town staff, routine duties can be reassigned, freeing Matt up to focus on the projects that require the town manager’s involvement,” Selectman Jim Cosgrove said.
The change in Lutkus’ employment status will take place when his current contract expires at the end of December.