Selectmen appointed Fire Chief Bruce Tufts as the town’s first full-time code enforcement officer Monday night.

The board discussed the need to go from part time to full time code enforcement several times during the past year. During a tri-town selectmen’s meeting with the boards from Leeds and Turner last fall, there was a proposal to hire one person to do code enforcement. It was later determined that Greene’s needs exceed what a part-time person could handle.

Town Manager Stephen Eldridge said Tufts will oversee the construction of the new fire station. The selectmen decided Monday night not to hire a clerk of the works to supervise the project.

The board discussed the issue twice this year and determined it was not necessary to spend between $10,000 and $20,000 for a part-time supervisor to oversee the construction project.

Voters at a special town meeting in July 2002 authorized the town to build a new fire station and to clear the site of the former fire station and the Patton School before March 10. Both the old station and the former school were torn down in March. The town’s contract with Glen Builders of North Conway, N.H., calls for the project to be completed by Oct. 15. Construction began in late March.

-John Plestina
Greene:

Panel named to discuss expansion

The selectmen appointed a committee Monday night to determine if more space is needed at the town office.

Expansion of the municipal building has been discussed frequently by the selectmen. Construction costs of a major renovation and expansion project versus the need for additional office and storage space have split the opinions of board members.

-John Plestina
Greene:

Official urges consolidation

While the Board of Selectmen is soliciting bids for dispatch services for the town’s fire and rescue service, one selectman suggested that the town follow the recommendation of Gov. John Baldacci and join other towns in using the county’s dispatch service.

Lt. Timothy Doyle of the Maine State Police is also a selectman. Town Manager Stephen Eldridge said Doyle presented the perspective of the State Police to the board Monday night. That perspective is to consolidate services. Several Androscoggin County towns have signed contracts with the Sheriff’s Department for municipal police, fire and rescue dispatch services.

Eldridge said it is unknown what Greene would do.

-John Plestina
Greene:

$3,000 sent to scholarship fund

The town sent $3,000 that was appropriated at the town meeting in March to Leavitt Area High School this week for the new Greene Community Scholarship.

Town Manager Stephen Eldridge said the school would decide how many 2003 graduates from Greene would share the scholarship.

-John Plestina
Leeds:

Candidates file

to run for office

Candidates have filed their intent to run for Leeds municipal offices.

Incumbent Abe Additon is running unopposed for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, said Jane Wheeler, the town’s administrative assistant.

Incumbent Glenn Holt is running unopposed for a one-year term as fire chief, she said. Incumbent Robert Addison Jr. is running unopposed for a one-year term as road commissioner, Wheeler said.

Elections will be held June 6 in the old town house from 1 to 8 p.m., she said. Town meeting will be held at 1 p.m. June 7 in the new town office, Wheeler said.

– Seth Golden
Sabattus:

Town meeting to take place May 30

Sabattus has set its town meeting for May 30. The town meeting will start at 7 p.m., Town Administrator Tracy Fabrizio said, adding that the meeting will continue May 31 if necessary. The town meeting will be held in the community room of the town hall, she said.

-Seth Golden


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