The Select Boards of Owls Head and South Thomaston have agreed to meet to discuss potential joint ventures.

Owls Head Select Board Chair Gordon Page said Jan. 17 that no specific agenda has been set but general discussions will be held. He said the issues that could be discussed are joint purchases of goods, and joint services.

The date of the meeting has not yet been scheduled but is expected to be held in February. The meeting may be held at the Ash Point Community School in Owls Head that serves both communities.

In November, South Thomaston Select Board Chair John Spear discussed at a board meeting that the town was having a difficult time filling staff vacancies such as code enforcement officer and public safety.

Spear said the shortage of workers was not just affecting town employees. The town has had difficulties finding contractors to do work in the town. The town has tried to get its tennis courts rebuilt but has not been able to get anyone to bid on the project.

The statewide shortage of workers has been attributed to Maine having one of the oldest populations in the country, and the pandemic hastened many of those people to retire, leaving a gap between the number of workers needed and the number available. Too few people are also entering the trades such as electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling.

South Thomaston Select Board members; from left, Sue Snow, Jeffrey Northgraves, and Chair John Spear. Photo by Stephen Betts