HOPE — The town of Hope has hired Matthew Deane as the town’s new Code Enforcement Officer and Licensed Plumbing Inspector.

He and his wife, Heather, met with the Select Board at the Dec. 14 meeting.

Deane, of Camden, works in construction and is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. Town Administrator Samantha Mank told the board he has experience working on shoreline erosion projects and installing septic systems. He will be getting his certifications in code enforcement and plumbing inspection within six months of being hired.

Select Board member Dick Crabtree made a motion to confirm Deane. The motion was seconded by Wendy Pelletier. The motion passed 5-0.

Mank said Deane is part-time and stipended. The plan is to have him come into the Town Office one day per week for appointments with the public. He will otherwise come in and pick up applications submitted for projects at the Town Office when he has time. She noted he has a flexible schedule.

This is a change for the town. In the past, the town administrator position and the code officer position have been combined into one full-time job, but the Select Board decided these positions needed to be separated. In part, this is needed to provide the town administrator more time for other duties, and it has been noted that Hope was the only municipality in Maine still combining these positions.

In other business, Will Matteson has resigned from the Budget Committee because he is moving to Thomaston.

It was noted on the agenda that Elinor Goldberg is no longer on the Budget Committee because she has moved from the municipality.

The town held an election in 2021 seeking to recall Goldberg from the Budget Committee and Select Board member Bruce Haffner. Haffner had campaigned against the roads budget in a much-discussed town meeting election. Goldberg had written emails expressing her desire to oust the town administrator. The recall election failed at the polls in June.

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