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Asked to explain negative comments on town employee, resignation demands, Beaulieu has two words: 'I'm good.'

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MILTON - Embattled Milton Selectman Mike Beaulieu refused comment Monday on recent demands for his resignation from selectman and town department heads following his disparaging remarks in open meeting regarding a town employee's job performance.

Town Administrator Heather Thibodeau, to whom the remarks were pointed during a Nov. 2 budget workshop, said as of early Monday afternoon the town had received no letter of resignation from Beaulieu as had been requested by the board.

Selectmen at a Nov. 6 meeting demanded his resignation as of Monday's close of business, which would have been 4 p.m.

A certified letter demanding such was sent to Beaulieu last week, though The Rochester Voice could not confirm as of Monday whether Beaulieu had signed for it.

Asked on Monday whether he wanted to clear the air or in any other way shed light on his actions or intentions, Beaulieu responded simply, "I'm good."

Beaulieu said during the Nov. 2 workshop that he wanted to change his vote on the town administrator budget from "yea" to "nay" because he was "not comfortable paying $70,000 a year to someone who hasn't really put in a full week's work since she started."

Selectmen's comments that can injure the reputation of town employees and/or private citizens are mandated to be only taken up in executive session per state statute.

Thibodeau told The Rochester Voice she had no inkling that such a condemnation was coming from Beaulieu, and that she was surprised, shocked and saddened by his comments.

In September Beaulieu stepped down from his job as code enforcement officer for the town of Lebanon, Maine.

Since then Lebanon town officials have referenced his lack of oversight with regard to Shoreland Protection ordinances mandated by the state and town.

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