STRONG — The Board of Selectmen decided Tuesday evening to talk with the management of Valley Brook Village senior housing about having an authorized town representative available for emergencies.

Board Chairman Dick Worthley said he spoke with the manager of the Main Street complex that has 20 units for low-income senior and disabled individuals. she asked about the possibility of having an authorized town representative available for emergencies.

Fire Chief Duayne Boyd said he might agree to be a designated emergency responder, but he would have to decide what level of emergency he would be willing to consider.

“I think it’s a private issue that we don’t want to get involved with,” Worthley said.

“I don’t think we should take responsibility,” Selectman Rod Spiller said.

Worthly said he will talk with the management to determine what types of situations would be covered.

Selectmen talked about ways that the town could regulate any commercial or retail marijuana establishment interested in starting a business. No marijuana-related businesses can operate in the town, based on current state laws, according to an earlier memo to selectmen by Planning Board Chairman Jeff Murphy. Currently, industrial, residential and retail businesses aren’t restricted to specific zones.

“We don’t have a commercial zone or a residential zone,” Selectman Rodney Cook said.

The town should designate a separate zone for anyone who wants to grow marijuana, Selectman Mike Pond said.

The town also doesn’t have any ordinance that addresses criteria to make residents clean up their yards. People aren’t allowed to have junk cars and refrigerators and lawn sale stuff piled high in the nearby town of Phillips, Pond said.

In other matters, selectmen will hold a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, to discuss payroll, banking and personnel policies.

They have reviewed the services and associated costs offered by TD Bank, Franklin Savings Bank and their current Bangor Savings Bank to decide if they can save money by changing financial institutions.

They also will decide whether to pay about $1,500 for a uniform service for employees, trim $2,000 by having Treasurer Sandra Mitchell do the employees’ payroll in-house and updating personnel policies to require background checks on future employees.


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