Board: Sabattus Board of Selectmen

Met: Tuesday night

New culverts

  • Issue: A slate of culverts are up to be replaced: three on Williams Road, three on Lisbon Road, two on Beaver Road, one on Marsh Road, two on Spruce Street, two on Webster Corner Road, one on Begin Terrace and one on Lake Street. To get ready for all that work, selectmen had to pick erosion material and hot-top bids.
  • The scoop: Selectmen awarded an erosion bid to W.H. Shutleff for $1,348 and agreed to spend $4,500 on hot top, noting that its price changes everyday.

Police news

  • Issue: Laptop computers will be installed in town cruisers after a five-year wait, according to Chief Thomas Fales.
  • Issue: Sgt. Gil Turcotte, who intended to retire at the end of June, will stay on for one more year, filling the spot left by Officer Melanie Skidgel, who is being deployed to Afghanistan. Selectmen signed his appointment papers.
  • Issue: Selectmen agreed on a two-year contract with Lt. Matthew Prince, who was only recently promoted to lieutenant. It started a probation period and new pay rate.

New positions, familiar faces

  • Issue: Sabattus officials are drawing up a new emergency plan for the town and need people to fill new roles outlined in it.
  • The scoop: Selectmen appointed Town Manager Gregory Gill as municipal information officer, the position is the media contact in the event of an emergency.
  • The scoop: They also appointed Robert Scott, the former fire chief, as assistant emergency management agency director.

Coming up

  • Issue: The committee assigned to look at the town’s Web site will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. Selectmen are interested in getting bids to see how much it would cost to update.
  • Issue: The Sabattus Barbecue is still planned for July 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Office. Bring umbrella as needed — it’s rain or shine.

Contact reporter Kathryn Skelton via phone at 689-2844 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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