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Peaks Island officially has no councilors

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Peaks Island officially has no councilors

PORTLAND — Three years after its creation, the Peaks Island Council has no councilors.

Election results Tuesday night showed no votes for the three write-in seats on the ballot.

The advisory board failed to attract any candidates for the three seats up for re-election this year. In addition, three councilors whose terms were not up submitted their resignation notices in July and PIC Chairman Michael Richards followed suit in August.

The resignations were not submitted in time for the seats to be listed on the November ballot.

Upon resignation, island councilors expressed frustration with a perceived lack of response from city officials on issues of concern to islanders.

The city is unsure at this point what it will do about the Peaks Island Council, which was created in the wake of a failed secession movement by a group of islanders. During their last weeks in service, Peaks Island councilors met with city officials, including Mayor Nick Mavodones, to discuss the possibility of creating a village corporation.

A village corporation would have some decision-making authority over island issues and receive a portion of island-generated revenue to pay for some island operations.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net