Float dead in the water until next year
Hope — The town-owned float that has been placed in Hobbs Pond in recent years was the subject of discussion again when selectmen met Tuesday, June 24.
The Board had requested an opinion from town attorney Sally Daggett about the town's liability regarding the float. In an email, Daggett said the town was immune from lawsuits arising from normal use of the float; however, it was still up to the selectmen to determine the best interests of the town.
Selectman David Bosken said he was worried that, by launching the float, the town would be making it possible for someone to get injured, or even drowned, given that there have been reports of youths using the float at night. He said he did not want to hide behind the fact that town would not be liable in such a case.
The Board confirmed its decision not to launch the float this year, with the possibility of revisiting the issue next year.
Selectmen re-elected Brian Powers chairman and Wendy Pelletier vice chairman of the Board.
In other business, the Board reviewed three bids for paving from Wellman Paving, Lane Construction and Pike Industries. Since the lowest bidder, Wellman, had not previously done work in Hope, Town Administrator Jon Duke suggested the Board wait to award the bid until he and Road Commissioner John Monroe could gather references on the company. Selectmen voted to table the awarding of the contract until its July 8 meeting.
The Board also set July 8 as the date for its planning and goal-setting meeting for the year.
Selectmen re-appointed municipal all employees for the next year. In addition, the following people were named to boards and committees: Robert M. Hall Jr. to a five-year term on the Planning Board; Mary Ireland to a five-year term on the Appeals Board; Marie Powers to a three-year term on the Cemetery Committee. There are still two vacancies on the Appeals Board; interested residents may contact the Town Office.
Finally, the Board went into executive session to conduct Duke's annual performance review. Afterward, they came back into open session to approve his contract for the upcoming year.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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