PHILLIPS — Winter parking challenges require cooperation and patience, Road Commissioner Ward Bredeau told selectmen Tuesday night.

Bredeau said he is faced with a difficult situation each winter when he and his crew plow turnarounds for trucks and school buses. These spaces are for municipal use only, but some residents don’t realize these are not parking areas, he said.

“I don’t want to have to tow anyone, but we do need to have these areas clear to turn school buses and plow trucks around,” he said.

The town does not post signs at these locations, so Bredeau said he has to rely on public awareness and education. Examples included spaces on the Scammon Road, Cushing School House Road, Salmon Hole Road and those on Tory Hill.

In other news, Town Manager Elaine Hubbard said she was pleased with the municipality’s financial situation.

“We’re ahead of where we were last year and that’s good, because our bills are more than they were last year,” she said.

Fire Chief James Gould briefed selectmen on a proposed firetruck purchase plan. The 2000 International Rescue Truck in Florida will cost $49,000. The dealer has included new tires and a new light bar, according to Gould.

The truck has 100,000 miles on it, and he has checked costs to ship the truck. Instead of spending that $5,000, he said the department will fly someone down to drive it back for $1,500. The Fire Department Auxiliary will pay for an employee’s travel expenses, and Gould and Hubbard will find a way to pay for fuel costs.

Gould also said the department’s new snowmachine was put to use recently when a snowmobiler on the Reed’s Mill Road crashed and lost consciousness. The rescue effort went smoothly, he said, but he had a larger audience than he expected.

“We might make an episode of ‘North Woods Law,’ because a camera crew (from the cable TV show) came with the (Maine Warden Service) and they filmed the whole thing,” he said.

Hubbard told selectmen that Terry Sargent has resigned from the Planning Board. Hubbard will contact alternate Hope Griscom to serve as a full member. Selectmen also will seek an alternate if Griscom is willing to replace Sargent.

This year’s town meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Community Center. Nominations for officers are made from the floor.

When the RSU 58 board doubled in number in late 2013, selectmen appointed John Foss and Faith Richard as interim directors. Their terms expire in June, along with that of Diana Thomas.

Selectman Ray Gaudette’s term also expires in June, and he said he will consider seeking another three-year term.

This year’s meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Phillips Area Community Center. The weeknight meeting is new and selectmen said many residents expressed an interest the change from a Saturday.


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