2016-03-24 / Letters

Letters

Director uses mayor’s words to describe tenure

To the editor:

Below are two letters that were written by and presented to me from Mayor Alan Casavant. I think he expresses need for the health and welfare department much more eloquently than I ever could.

I have reviewed the restructuring plan and am not convinced that there will be adequate staff or support to ensure that our most vulnerable residents will be appropriately represented. I also question the cost savings as I see two new positions being created that supposedly will be filled by existing staff. I don’t believe there will be a surplus of staff in the office pool to fill these roles.

The city will consider the restructuring at an 8 p.m. meeting Thursday, March 24 at the Little Theater at Biddeford High School.

Vicky Edgerly Health and welfare director City of Biddeford

In a letter dated Sept. 3, 2013, Casavant wrote: I want to thank you for your many years of service and your dedication to helping people of Biddeford. I have known you since you first accepted the job and I have called upon your assistance too many times to count, but you have always responded to help those in need. Even a few days ago I called you on a day off to seek assistance for an elderly lady whose power had been turned off by CMP. Despite being with your grandchild, you still took the time to make the necessary connection and the woman’s power was restored. You did that quickly and the woman was so grateful and so relieved. There are also those many times when you work long after normal hours on behalf of organizations associated with hunger, housing and he (sic) poor. You are an expert on the rules and regulations of general assistance, but the important foundation of what you mean to our city is that you care. You have a huge heart for those who are truly in need and you protect them. Because of that, you have earned the admiration of many. Thank you for doing what you do. It is a difficult job, but you have been a major success.

In another letter dated Nov. 25, 2014, he wrote: I want to commend you and your staff for your exemplary work in dealing with our recent fire on Green Street. I was so very impressed by the care that was given to those displaced by the fire, as well as the many hours of attentive detail that were needed to process the needed paperwork. This is not the first time that I have complimented the work done in your office and I suspect that it will not be the last. Oftentimes, what you do is “off the radar,” as most of us do not see the day to day operations, but it becomes readily clear that when disaster strikes, you and your staff are prepared and skilled to handle the crisis. There is a lot of talent in your office. Thank you so much for all that you all do.

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