June 23, 2018
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Slew of applicants seeks Milo police chief post

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

MILO, Maine — Selectmen learned last week that more than 25 people applied for the Milo police chief job. Screening of those candidates is expected to begin soon.

The board voted Tuesday to add Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer and Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency director Tom Iverson Jr., who was previously in law enforcement, to the local selection committee to screen the applications.

While town officials are moving ahead with plans to fill the position, Town Manager Jeff Gahagan said the board also will review alternatives to operating a local police department, such as contracting with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.

“We will continue on with the selection process, and we’re also going to discuss alternatives to the Police Department, whatever that might be, regional coverage, sheriff’s coverage, or continuing on as we always have been,” Gahagan said.

Sheriff John Goggin submitted a proposal to the town for the department’s services that would provide three deputies to serve the community.

Selectmen also heard from a Penquis Valley High School student who hopes to construct a skate park in the community.

This was the second time Bryant Lugo appeared before selectmen about the project and this time he came with a couple of grant applications, according to Gahagan.

Selectmen listened to his presentation and encouraged Lugo to meet with the town’s recreation committee. Lugo believed the park would be used by up to 20 local teenagers.

“He’s pretty persistent about it. It’s encouraging to see young people get involved in the process,” Gahagan said.

As hoped, Ridgewood Maine Hydro Partners of Delaware has offered to donate a small plot of land where the dam is located so the town can use the land as part of its park project. The firm will keep its rights to the utility but will transfer the land to the town, Gahagan said.

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