Belfast council’s tensions prompt civility workshop

Thu, 2018-07-05

Belfast City Hall
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff • July 5, 2018 5:04 pm
BELFAST, Maine — The divisive debate over a proposed salmon farm in Belfast has spilled over into the city’s governing body, prompting the city to set up a moderated workshop focused on how best to work together and with the public.

“We need to set aside differences and discern the best way to conduct our meetings and ensure the public feels comfortable speaking with us,” Mayor Samantha Paradis said during a Tuesday council meeting. “We are the role models of the city, and our behavior helps set the model for the city.”

Paradis first called for a workshop last month, following a series of contentious meetings and social media spats between some councilors and members of the public.