TURNER — Representatives from two towns presented proposals to the Board of Selectmen Monday night.

Buckfield Rescue Chief Lisa Bennett presented a proposal for paramedic and EMT-Intermediate coverage seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There would be an EMT-Intermediate or a paramedic on-call between the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Turner’s cost would be 65 percent of the total net cost, or $63,090.30. 

Chief Dean Milligan of Med-Care Ambulance in Mexico presented a proposal which offers 24-hour paramedic ambulance coverage. Med-Care already serves 11 towns and has 65 employees. Turner would have representation on the 14-member board. The cost would be $265,000.

In other news, the board approved sending out an invitation to bid on the Fish Street/Nezinscot Riverbank stabilization project. This project involves installing three subsurface Bendway Weirs on the riverbed, riprap at the toe of the slope and related erosion-control measures along approximately 190 feet of riverbank. Selectman Ralph Caldwell voted against, saying he didn’t think it was going to work.

Chairman Kurt Youland suggested the board go to the site with the plans and review what was to be done.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting and site visit will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Turner Town Office. Complete bid packages will be available. The bids will be due on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Town Office.

Roadside mowing and bush hogging bids will be received until Aug. 4. Work will be done on an estimated 105.12 lane miles.

Public Works Director John Moultrie reported that the street sweeping contract was up and the company was going out of business. He wanted the board’s direction on whether to try and buy a sweeper or find a rental. The consensus was to lean toward rental.

Discussion was held on how to transform the transfer station to accommodate single-sort recycling. Town Manager Kurt Schaub suggested a single-sort hopper be placed as people enter the station, so they could put the items for recycling in first before putting their household trash in the compactors. Selectman Richard Keene said someone would have to be stationed at the hopper to prevent improper dumping.


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