Lebanon CEO's resignation announced on heels of contentious meeting

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Mike Beaulieu, left foreground, in his final meeting on Monday night as town CEO. (Courtesy YouTube video screen capture)

LEBANON - Lebanon's Code Enforcement Officer unexpectedly resigned on Monday.

The announcement that Lebanon CEO Mike Beaulieu gave his two-weeks notice came shortly after a contentious 90-minute public hearing regarding a resident's request for a variance that was unanimously approved by the town's Appeals Board.

Beaulieu, a current selectman with the town of Milton, was hired in June 2015 as Lebanon CEO.

Beaulieu won a second three-year term as Milton selectman in 2016.

Lebanon Selectmen Chair Chip Harlow made the announcement soon after the Appeals Board meeting had ended and said the town would immediately begin a search for a new CEO.

No reason was given for Beaulieu's decision.

The variance that was granted was for a shed to be built on a Whittum Lane property that didn't have the mandatory 25-foot setback for one corner of the structure.

The property has water frontage on Spaulding Pond, which drew concerns from several abutters of the property that the town's Shoreland Zoning ordinance wasn't being enforced.

Appeals board members saw the placement of a shed as no significant detriment to the essential character to the neighborhood.

Those against the shed's placement have 30 days to appeal the board's decision.

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