September 16, 2008

Flagg Named Interim Manager

By Donna M. Perry

LIVERMORE FALLS - Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to pay Town Clerk/Treasurer Kristal Flagg a $200 week stipend for handling the extra workload as interim town manager.

Flagg will take over for Town Manager Martin Puckett, who has taken a job as a town manager in Aroostook County, when he leaves Sept. 26.

Selectmen have hired the Maine Municipal Association to help conduct a search for a new town manager. Resumes are due by Oct. 9 and selectmen don't believe they'll be conducting interviews before mid-October. The cost of the association's service is $4,500 and it will come out of the administration account.

Select board Chairwoman Louise Chabot said that the benefits of having MMA help in the search including a larger pool of applicants, impartial review of applications and knowledge of current hiring laws.

The board also voted to accept a parking and traffic ordinance packet as written and form a committee to review the ordinance.

Until a new ordinance takes it place, the one adopted in 1980 and all of its 14 amendments will be in effect.

Selectwoman Jackie Knight said a resident asked her to tell the board that vehicles were illegally parked on Highland Avenue and other areas during last Friday's high school football game.

Selectman Bill Demaray said the whole ordinance needs to be enforced and not just parts of it.

The board held a public hearing on the proposal before taking a decision on the ordinance. Selectmen agreed handicap parking also needs to be addressed in the document.

Selectmen also voted to advertise for volunteers for both a committee to review that ordinance and a committee to take a comprehensive review of the town's solid waste situation and single- stream recycling and its impact. Selectmen have been investigation whether single-stream recycling would be cost-effective for the town. Single-stream means all recyclables could be brought to the station in one container or bag and not have to be sorted by residents.

"I was quite impressed with (Monmouth's single-stream) operation," Chabot said. She and others including Budget Committee members visited the site last week.

"I think it could be something we could save money with," she said, but it won't be able to be implemented for a while because there needs to be some capital investment.

The town increased its recycling rate by about 35 percent, she said.

Puckett informed selectmen that he and highway foreman Bill Nichols plan to meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives to determine if repairs to a damaged a culvert on Haines Corner Road would be reimbursable.

The road was washed out in heavy rains in August.

The cost so far to reline the 80-foot box culvert, that was located 18 feet below the road surface has tipped the scales at between $68,000 or $69,000, Puckett told selectmen. That amount includes in-kind work done by the highway crew and the installation of a used guard rail to make the area safer.

A special town meeting will be held in the future to cover the emergency cost, if it is not reimbursable.

The board also voted to accept Castonguay Excavation's bid of $4,050 to cut and remove 14 white pine and one white birch at Sewall Park off Pine Avenue.

Originally published by Staff Writer.

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