Selectmen awarded one bid for work on the South Hope fire station Tuesday, Sept. 9, and postponed a second until their next meeting, according to Town Administrator Jon Duke.

They awarded a $9,300 contract for work on the roof to T & L Construction of Liberty. Bids on insulation for the fire station were received from R.H. Price & Co. of Searsmont and Quality Insulation Inc. of Yarmouth, but because the bid specifications were incomplete, the Board decided to request new, sealed bids for removing and disposing of the old insulation, as well as installing new insulation. Those bids are to be considered at the Sept. 23 meeting, Duke said.

The other main item of business was a workshop on options for animal control services for fiscal year 2015-16. Duke said selectmen wanted to look into switching from using the Pope Memorial Animal Shelter in Thomaston to using the P.A.W.S. shelter in Rockport, since the latter is closer. Board members also want to find out how other towns of comparable size handle animal control needs, talk to area animal control officers and develop a plan that would reduce the town's costs.

“The real issue, to me, is that the county doesn't do it,” Duke said. He said he feels it would make sense for the sheriff's patrol to provide animal control services, with the cost shared by all the towns in Knox County.