Bath council re-elects Eosco, Brackett; OKs parking ban

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BATH — The City Council on Wednesday unanimously elected Councilor Mari Eosco to a third year as chairwoman.

Councilors also gave final approval to a parking ban on Dummer Street Court.

Eosco, believed to be the panel’s first chairwoman, 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 2013.

The council also elected Councilor Steve Brackett to another year as vice chairman.

Later in the evening the panel unanimously approved the Dummer Street Court parking ban. First passage was Nov. 4.

Drummer Street resident James McLean notified the council in May about the difficulty garbage/recycling and oil delivery trucks have when navigating the street due to parked vehicles, according to an Oct. 27 memo to the council from Police Chief Mike Field.

The city’s Parking and Transportation Committee held a neighborhood meeting on the matter Oct. 14 that was attended by 11 people. Residents favored amending the ordinance to prohibit parking on the street, Field said.

Vehicles parked on the street could also challenge a fire engine’s ability to reach a residence, the chief noted. He got the impression from the neighborhood meeting that the homes on the street have sufficient off-street parking, he said.

The city is exploring similar parking issues in the southern end of the city, along with some roads to the north, such as Winter Street, Field said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

The Bath City Council on Wednesday unanimously elected Councilor Mari Eosco to a third year as chairwoman.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.