THOMASTON — The Thomaston Select Board approved the purchase of a 2021 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle for the police force.

The board approved the purchase at their July 26 meeting.

The vehicle will cost the town $26,268 after a $12,000 electric vehicle rebate from Efficiency Maine and a $12,000 trade-in for the oldest existing cruiser.

The money for the purchase will come from the police cruiser reserve fund, which is part of the police budget passed by the residents at the June Town Meeting. This means the purchase will not affect taxes.

The car was purchased through Rockland Ford.

Select Board Chair Diane Giese said she thought the purchase was a great move forward for Thomaston toward more environmentally friendly choices. Giese also pointed out that the maintenance costs for the vehicle will be much lower as well.

Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe said the town can use Rockland Ford’s electric car charging stations to charge the cars for now.

Vice-chair Pete Lammert praised Hoppe for maintaining the police cruisers to get a $12,000 trade-in, as this is significantly higher than trade-ins he saw in previous years.

In other business, the board approved an antique show at the Thomaston Green Saturday, Sept. 25, with a rain date of Sept. 26.

Owen Shugard organized a show last year on the green and described it as a total success.

Resident Charlie Grover, who is also a member of the economic development committee, asked about charging Shugard for the use of the green.

Shugard said the event did not make a profit, and they only charged the vendors enough to cover the operating costs.

Pollution Control Superintendent John Fancy said the Thomaston Green Stakeholders Group would be coming up with a fee schedule to hold events on the green as part of their directive.

The board agreed that Shugard’s event would be free of charge again this year, but for next year the fee schedule may be in place.

“We can live with that for a year,” Grover said.

The board tabled the request of Taylor Karl to hold a wedding at the gazebo on the green June 25, 2022.

Discussions on this event will come before the board again once questions of insurance and a fee schedule was determined.

The board authorized a Color Me Cured fundraising event for juvenile diabetes, requested by Sarah Polk.

Polk said this is the event’s fourth year in Thomaston.

The Color Me Cured event will occur Saturday, Sept. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the municipal building parking lot.

The board approved a mountain bike relay race for Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on town trails and property. Sidecountry Sports Bike Shop is organizing the event. Owner Andrew Daily said it is a family friendly race.

The board approved the use of the multi-purpose room in the municipal building Saturday, Sept. 18, for the Quilts of Valor event, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The event will focus on World War Two veterans, and will occur from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Lammert spoke about the Zerbini Family Circus, which was held July 23 to 25.

Lammert said it was great to see families together again and hear laughter, and praised Recreation Director Rene Door for his efforts with the circus.

The next Thomaston Select Board meeting will be Aug. 9.

The recording of this meeting can be viewed on

Thomaston municipal officers and town employees examine the police department’s new electric vehicle July 26. Christine Simmonds