BATH — In its annual organizational meeting Wednesday, the City Council unanimously elected Councilor Mari Eosco as chairwoman.
Eosco, who was council vice chairwoman, is believed by city officials to be the panel’s first woman to lead the council.
Born and raised in Bath, she completed the term of the late Councilor Jack Hart in 2007 before winning her first full term later that year. She was re-elected in 2010 and this year.
Eosco spent four years as director of Main Street Bath, and served on the boards of the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Skate Park and Main Street Bath, and on the Parking Committee. She has also been a corporator of Bath Savings Institution.
In thanking councilors for the opportunity to serve as chairwoman, she said she was “excited to be even more deeply involved with our great little city that I love so much.”
Eosco added that “I hope that we can all work together as a council, and with the staff, and the citizens, and let’s have a great positive year, moving forward and working on great things.”
Councilor Bernie Wyman, the previous chairman, is serving his 19th year on the council, and has been chairman eight of those years.
The City Council unanimously elected Steve Brackett, recently elected to his second term, to serve as vice chairman.
In other business, the panel adopted a special-purpose commercial contract overlay zone for the Winnegance Store at 36 High St. The general store, which operated from 1902-2009, is being restored for eventual re-opening.
The council also opted not to have the city apply for a grant through the Small Harbor Improvement Program to improve the pier and float system at Waterfront Park. The grant would have required a 50 percent local match.
The project, once estimated to cost about $200,000, had increased to $300,000, due largely to steel expenses, which dissuaded councilors from applying for the grant.
The Bath City Council chose Mari Eosco as its first chairwoman Wednesday. Behind her in the City Council Chambers is a gallery of the chairmen who have served since the 19th century.