AUBURN – The Androscoggin County Commission approved contracts for emergency dispatching services for Greene and Poland Monday.

Both towns will pay $17 per call for structure fires and $8.50 per call, based on one-half hour per call, for other fire, police and rescue calls. Both towns will also pay the county $204 per year for public works dispatching.

In other business, District Attorney Norm Croteau requested assistance from the county to meet the local cash match for a federal grant that funds the juvenile prosecutor, a state position. He said the local match was funded last year by state forfeiture money administered through the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

That source of funding is not this year. The amount needed was not stated.

“It’s a position that’s critical to Androscoggin County,” Croteau said.

Commission Chairman Elmer Berry said he is concerned about county money funding a state position. The issue was tabled until Aug. 20, at Berry’s request.

In another matter, the commission accepted a bid from Ivanhoe’s Warehouse Outlet to purchase 12 Glock Model 23 handguns.

The .40-caliber weapons are equipped with night sights. They are currently in use by the FBI and the armed forces of Canada and several European countries. The total cost will be $4,883. After a trade-in allowance of $2,020 for 16 handguns, the actual expenditure will be $2,863.

Also, the commissioners approved the hiring of Nancy Tremblay as a grant writer.

The position was budgeted for during the 2003 budget process. She will work as a part-time independent contractor.