Proposal made to merge Milo, county police

Posted May 19, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Milo officials are contemplating contracting with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department for police coverage rather than rebuilding the local police department.

The town’s two top officers have left the police force. Former Police Chief Michael Poulin left after his arrest for the alleged assault of his wife, and Sgt. Terry Smith left to take a position with another police department.

Piscataquis County commissioners on Tuesday reviewed a draft contract prepared by Sheriff John Goggin covering the scope and cost of services that could be offered to Milo.

Under the draft proposal, the sheriff’s department would provide three full-time deputies who would live within the greater Milo area and would cover day and evening shifts. The proposed $168,685 annual fee Milo would pay the sheriff’s department would include $143,684 for wages, $10,000 for overtime, $1,000 for uniforms, $11,000 for fuel and $3,000 for vehicle maintenance.

In addition to the fee, Milo also would be expected to transfer to the county the ownership and title to the town’s police cruisers and other police equipment. It also would have to provide space in the municipal building for the deputies.

Commissioner Fred Trask made three recommendations Tuesday for consideration before a final contract is submitted to Milo: that the county check with the Maine County Insurance Risk Pool to see if the added service will have any affect on the county’s rates; that an attorney review the document; and that the contract be in line with any other contract the county has with other towns for police protection.

Trask said he was pleased with the regionalization effort, but wanted to make sure all towns were treated the same.

In another police-related matter, the commissioners voted 2-1 to ratify a contract between the county and the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department’s Administrative Association. The association members Dave Harmon, jail administrator; Dave Roberts, communications chief; and Lt. Robert Young also voted to ratify the contract, which is effective through Dec 31, 2010. The contract spells out the duties and responsibilities and addresses the salaries of those covered under it.

During the annual meeting of law enforcement in the county, town officials received an update from Goggin about the status of the jail, the grants it has received, and the recognition his department has received.

Greenville Town Manager John Simko said his town and police department had a good working relationship with the sheriff’s department. “We appreciate the efforts,” he said Tuesday.

In addition to Greenville, the towns of Brownville, Dover-Foxcroft, Willimantic, and Sangerville were represented at the meeting.

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