DOVER-FOXCROFT — Piscataquis County commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with Brownville for fire protection of the surrounding Unorganized Territory communities in the Katahdin Iron Works region.
Brownville submitted two potential bids: one for $10,100 plus fees for the equipment rolled to the scene and the personnel that responded, or a flat rate of $17,810. The commissioners approved the former bid.
The county didn’t pay that much extra for past calls to warrant the flat rate, according to County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte.
Tracy Lord of Greenville, a retired state Department of Transportation employee, was appointed county road agent. Lord, one of two people interviewed for the position, will oversee the county roads in the Unorganized Territory. His salary is $15,000 a year, which includes mileage. Lord will begin his duties next month.
The commissioners tabled any action on the possibility of changing the county treasurer position from elected to appointed. The concern is that the holder of the position be qualified to do the work.
Tourtelotte was asked to contact Sen. Douglas Smith, R-Dover-Foxcroft, to get feedback on the best approach the county should take on the matter. The two options being investigated are a referendum in which voters would act on the change or a request by county officials for a change in state statute.
Penquis Surge was awarded a three-year snowplow contract for the county courthouse at a total cost of $15,000.