STRONG — Selectmen decided Tuesday night to revise the job description for town custodian, and they hope to hire someone by Memorial Day.

They discussed the hours and duties of custodian Larone Crockett and whether they should have more than one employee for seasonal work.

Former custodian Emily O’Donnell cleaned the Forster Memorial Building, snowblowed, shoveled and did summer landscaping and yardwork, along with maintenance of the public beach, town park and tennis courts. O’Donnell averaged close to 15 hours a week throughout the year.

When she said she couldn’t do this last season’s shoveling, selectmen hired Crockett, with the option of revisiting the job description and advertising the position in the spring.

Selectmen agreed to revise the requirements of the position and to advertise for someone to do recreational maintenance and general maintenance, including both the Forster Memorial Building, the town park and beach. Selectmen expect to interview qualified applicants and hire a candidate before Memorial Day.

In other matters, Treasurer Sandra Mitchell announced that $2,333 has been donated anonymously to fund the Winston Beal Scholarship Fund. Selectmen learned in May 2015 that the trust had been depleted. This donation will enable them to approve scholarship requests from graduating seniors at Mt. Abram High School.

Selectman agreed to authorize Road Foreman Duayne Boyd to sign a $77,000 contract with Bruce Manzer for paving West Freeman Road this summer.


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