Bangor City Council swears in two new councilors and prepares for upcoming year

12:03 PM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Queen City swore in two new city council members and re-elected Nelson Durgin Wednesday morning. Joshua Plourde and Gibran Graham will now take a seat on the council effective immediately.

The newcomers are already active in the community and each have a goal of continuing Bangor's growth.

First order of business for the new council was electing a new chair.The council unanimously tapped Councilor Ben Sprague for the position previously held by Nelson Durgin.

Among the issues ahead for the council, the hot button issue of a suboxine moratorium, the increase of drug use, and a strained budget.

Newly elected council chair Ben Sprague said, "The chief and his force have been very proactive about it. When you are proactive about the drugs and crime in the community it draws additional attention to it. So we are going through a period where it is really at the forefront and people are at times scared to be in their neighborhoods and that is not something that anyone should have to feel. So that's absolutely a priority for us this year."

The suboxine moratorium vote was delayed due to the new additions. The vote will reconvene on November 25th meeting.

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