A look back at stories that made headlines this week in The Sandwich Enterprise:

20 Years Ago...

In Upset Vote, Michael Miller Chosen For New Police Chief

With a 4-1 vote, selectmen last night appointed Sergeant Michael J. Miller as the new chief of police.

Sergeant Miller assumes the post only after the state’s Human Resources Division, formerly Civil Service, approves the appointment. Town Administrator George H. Dunham said the state has 15 days either to approve it or send it back to the board for reconsideration.

“What a shocker,” a beaming Sergeant Miller said after the appointment, between handshakes and congratulatory words offered by members of the public and some of the police officers who turned out to witness the appointment. It was a standing room only crowd in the Human Service Building.

“I think it was a fair process,” he said. “ I realize that command experience is important, but the job isn’t just about experience — there’s a lot more to it than that. I’m very happy.”

Lieutenant Paul Harrington, the highest ranking member of the department who has served as acting chief for the past 2 1⁄2 years and who was also competing for the post, was obviously shaken by the outcome.

He entered the meeting confidently, knowing that Mr. Dunham was backing him for the post and that the board seldom, if ever, has gone against the administrator’s counsel in personnel matters.

After the vote, Lieutenant Harrington left the building without comment, accompanied by his wife and their two daughters. “You’ve worked so hard,” his wife said to him sorrowfully as they made their way to the exit.

10 Years Ago...

Pay-As-You-Throw Proposal Generates Mixed Reactions

Residents have been quite literally trash talking for more than a week now, since the board of selectmen began its public discussions about adopting a pay-as-you-throw program at the town transfer station.

Under this program, residents would purchase specially made trash bags at a local store for a price set by the board of selectmen and use only these bags to dispose of their trash at the town’s transfer station.

Residents would still be required to pay the annual transfer sticker fee. Former selectman R. Patrick Ellis praised the pay-as-you-throw program and the selectmen for beginning the discussion about this issue.

“I think it’s a good idea. It will make people conscious of what they are throwing away. I credit the board with moving forward on this,” he said.

As someone who recycles and composts whatever she can, Ms. Tanguilig estimates that her six-person household disposes of only one 30-gallon bag of solid waste every three weeks.

While some may have been praising the merits of this program, others contend it could result in more illegal dumping in town and places an increased financial burden on residents.

Speaking as a private resident, school committee member S. Alteta Barton expressed concern about this pay-as-you-throw program during the public forum portion of last week’s selectmen’s meeting.

She said she is concerned that the program will result in more trash being thrown into the woods, or even illegal burning. She added that paying for a dump sticker and paying for the bags is a punitive measure.

“I would rather see a scheme to give folks an incentive to recycle rather than punishing those who don’t,” she said.

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