Deadline for fire station bids extended
Hope — Selectmen extended the deadline for bids on repairs to South Hope Fire Station at the Tuesday, Oct. 22, meeting.
Bids for the work, which includes making repairs to the roof and installing insulation, now must be submitted by Nov. 12. The deadline was extended because no insulation contractors attended the mandatory site meeting Oct. 22, and only one roofing contractor was there. The board decided to solicit bids from qualified contractors, and also rescinded the requirement that bidders attend a site meeting.
In other business, Town Administrator Jon Duke said the town's property tax receipts are running a little ahead of last year and excise tax receipts are also up compared to 2012.
Duke and Selectman Christopher Pinchbeck met with North East Mobile Health Services representatives to review the ambulance service's performance since July. Duke said in that time, there were eight calls to the part of Hope served by North East. He added North East indicated the call volume was “significantly higher” than during comparable previous periods with Camden First Aid Association. North East began providing local emergency service July 1 for Camden, north Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport after financial troubles caused Camden First Aid to close its doors.
Chairman Brian Powers reported he, Duke and Road Commissioner John Monroe were scheduled to meet with David Allen, an official from the state Department of Transportation, regarding the intersection of Harts Mills Road and Route 17 across from Pushaw's Trading Post. Powers said he is looking for ways to slow traffic in that area and make the intersection safer.
In the new business portion of the meeting, the board discussed having a speaker provide information about the latest requirements of fire chiefs to help them refine the job description for the position in Hope. Fire Chief Clarence Keller for the past several years has sought, and been denied, an increase in his yearly stipend, citing increased training and documentation requirements as taking more of his time.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
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