Knox County news briefs

By Staff | Dec 31, 2018

New officer hired in Waldoboro

Former Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Nathaniel Jack joined the Waldoboro Police Department Dec. 3.

During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, he became certified as a field training officer, DARE instructor and an active shooter instructor. In 2012, Jack was named Deputy of the Year. He also received lifesaving awards in 2017 and 2018.

Knox County budget sails to approval

The Knox County Commission and Budget Committee unanimously approved an $11.5 million budget for 2019 Dec. 6.

The budget is up more than 3 percent, largely because of wage increases and higher costs for benefits. The consumer price index increase for county employees is proposed at 2.9 percent, in addition to any step increases earned by the staff.

Another reason for the increase is the cost of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning project at the courthouse with a first-year payment of $170,000.

Camden will pay the largest share of the county budget, at $1,545,000, an increase of $48,000. Rockport pays the next most, at $1,169,000, an increase of $53,000. Rockland's share of the county budget is expected to be $1,078,000, up about $25,000. St. George will be paying $1,000,000, up about $44,000.

Bequest from Owls Head man nets library more than $200,000

The Rockland Public Library has received $205,000 from the estate of an Owls Head man.

Edward Coffin, who died May 13 at 94, stipulated in his will that his home in Owls Head and belongings be sold, with the money going to the Rockland library. Coffin's nautical and historical materials were also donated to the library.

Coffin was a land surveyor and a history buff. He came to Rockland from Nantucket, Mass., after World War II, joined the Merchant Marines and started a land surveying company. He served for many years on the board of the Rockland Historical Society.

Liberman to serve as prosecutor in Cumberland County

Former District Attorney Jonathan Liberman will join the Cumberland County prosecutorial staff as an assistant district attorney.

Liberman, a Republican from West Bath, had served as district attorney for Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties since May 2017. He was defeated in the Nov. 6 election by Democrat Natasha Irving of Waldoboro.

Daycare passes appeal in Warren

Amid much opposition from neighbors, a proposed home daycare on a private road in Warren was given approval by the Board of Appeals Dec. 27.

Tracy Holbrook received approval for the daycare at 45 Stony Brook Lane following a lengthy process.

Several neighbors had expressed concerns about traffic and noise and argued the water and sewer were designed for a three-bedroom home, not a daycare operation. The next step for the opposing neighbors would be to appeal the case to Superior Court.

Board votes on cemetery maintenance

Despite opposition from Cemetery Sexton Arnold Hill, the Warren Board of Selectmen voted Dec. 19 to utilize funds from its perpetual care account to cover the cost of tree maintenance in several of its cemeteries.

Hill, who is also a selectman, voted against the motion, stating some of the funds are dedicated to particular lots.

Five cemeteries do not need any trees brought down, but the remaining cemeteries need an estimated $25,000 in work, according to Town Manager Bill Lawrence.

The account in question is currently at $1.2 million and the town spends approximately $27,522 on mowing and stone maintenance. "I personally have a hard time putting $20,000 in a budget this year for cutting trees in the cemetery when we're sitting on $1.2 million," Lawrence said.

Rockland sewer bids lower than initial round

The long-delayed and long-awaited South End sewer project is expected to begin in April.

Construction bids were opened Dec. 20 in the second round of bid openings. Nitram Excavation and General Contractor Inc. and Trombley Construction Inc. submitted bids. Nitram's bid came in at $1,674,994 and Trombley's bid came in at $1,868,832.

In September, the sole bid came in at $2,160,000.

The city's engineer had projected a cost of $1.5 million.

The project calls for installing separate sewer and stormwater lines from near where the railroad tracks cross South Main to the intersection of Water Street.

Santa missing from Thomaston display

This holiday season passersby took note that the display that has adorned the hill in front of Montpelier in Thomaston for 20 years was missing an important character: Santa.

The jolly fellow, who is framed in iron and needs assembling of its three big pieces, was unable to make an appearance due to the lack of Thomaston Firefighter's Association members available to assist, according to resident Peter Lammert.

Dickerson hired as town manager in northern Maine

Former State Representative and Rockland City Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson has been hired as town manager for the northern Maine community of Limestone. She will begin the job in a few weeks.

Dickerson served two terms on the Rockland City Council, elected in 2008 and 2011. She was elected to the Maine House in 2012, representing Rockland and Owls Head in District 93.

She was reelected to the House in November 2014, but resigned a month later to move to Colorado. She has since lived in the Pagaso Springs, Colo., area.

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