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2/13/2014 3:21:00 PM
Hagar to Stay On if Damariscotta Exercises Option
Hagar Enterprises Inc. Vice President Seth Hagar (J.W. Oliver photo, LCN file)
Hagar Enterprises Inc. Vice President Seth Hagar (J.W. Oliver photo, LCN file)
Damariscotta Board of Selectmen Chairman Josh Pinkham (J.W. Oliver photo, LCN file)
Damariscotta Board of Selectmen Chairman Josh Pinkham (J.W. Oliver photo, LCN file)
J.W. Oliver


Damariscotta winter roads contractor Hagar Enterprises Inc. will fulfill its contract if the town decides to extend the deal, according to a company press release.

"Hagar Enterprises Inc. gave its word at the beginning of the contract and will honor those commitments," according to the Feb. 13 statement.

The announcement comes after Hagar Enterprises Inc. Vice President Seth Hagar said the company would revoke a town option to extend its contracts for two years.

Those comments followed a lively exchange between Damariscotta Board of Selectmen Chairman Josh Pinkham and Hagar Enterprises Inc. Vice Presidents Justin and Seth Hagar at a Feb. 10 selectmen's meeting.

The contracts give Hagar Enterprises Inc. the right to opt out with sufficient notice to the town, Seth Hagar said at the time.

The press release offers a formal apology to the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen.

"Statements directed toward one specific member of the board of selectmen, Mr. Josh Pinkham, should have been directed to the entire board," the company said.

The company acknowledged that Seth Hagar misinterpreted the contract. "At this point, Hagar Enterprises Inc. has no right to refuse any part of the contract," the company said.

The company did not, however, back away from the Hagars' other comments at the meeting, which "were fair, direct and represent the position of Hagar Enterprises Inc."

The statement directly takes issue with Josh Pinkham and his actions relative to the town's relationship with Hagar Enterprises. It concludes with a more ambiguous jab at the "elected officials" of Damariscotta.

"We are in hopes the future brings change to the current elected officials of the town and all parties involved can move forward in a positive direction," the company said.

The terms of Josh Pinkham and 2nd Vice Chairman Vicki Pinkham expire in June.

Josh Pinkham has not decided whether he will run for re-election, he said Feb. 12.

Vicki Pinkham is Josh Pinkham's aunt and primary ally on the board. Like Josh Pinkham, she has criticized Hagar Enterprises' performance and opposed extending the winter roads contracts. The longest-tenured current member of the board, she has not said whether she plans to run again.



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