Advance copies of the 2021 Turner Annual Town Report are presented Monday to sisters Audrey and Shelby Varney, whose parents, Troy and Dulsie Varney, were slain in their home this year. From left, are Selectman Steve Maheu, Audrey Varney, Selectmen Kevin Nichols and Kurt Youland, Shelby Varney and Selectmen Warren Hood and Angelo Terreri. Submitted photo

TURNER — The first copies of the 2021 Annual Town Report dedicated to Troy and Dulsie Varney were presented to their daughters, Audrey and Shelby, by selectmen Monday night.

The report’s written dedication offers words of praise to the couple who put their heart and soul into the community. They were slain in their home Feb. 12.

“Troy and Dulsie were born, raised and educated in Turner, and were as true to their roots as any two people could possibly be,” the dedication reads. “Their ancestries span multiple generations here, and they made their home on the farm formerly owned by Troy’s grandfather at the end of Knight’s Farm Road where they raised their
daughters, Audrey and Shelby.

“The common threads in Troy and Dulsie’s lives – family, farm, community and compassion – are the same threads that ultimately are woven into the fabric of the community,” the dedication said. “And, while the Turner community mourned their tragic loss this past February, it also showed that it still has strength in the form of a massive outpouring of support for Audrey and Shelby. By the way they lived, cared and contributed, Troy and Dulsie left Turner a better place. The fabric still has strength, for they strengthened it.”

Following the presentation, the board acted on the meeting agenda, including making changes to the code enforcement office.

“After much research and deliberation, we agreed to limit the scope of both permitting and inspections, and to utilize alternative approaches that are quickly gaining traction in other communities throughout the state,” selectmen wrote. “For example, there is no requirement for a local electrical permit or inspection for a service connection. Instead, Central Maine Power will accept certification by a master electrician.”

Because of the Code Office changes, a full-time CEO is no longer needed, they said. They appointed Ross Gagne to serve in the new, scaled-down role.

Ross works 20 hours in Rescue and 20 hours as CEO,” selectmen said. “He brings a lifetime of experience in working in Fire, Rescue and Public Works, and is rapidly coming up to speed with the certifications the office now requires.”

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