ORRINGTON, Maine — Selectmen hired two on-call deputies as part-time town employees during their Monday meeting and appointed another to the town’s on-call police force, Town Manager Paul White said Tuesday.
Deputies Andy Fish and Kenny Williams of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department are filling two part-time spots created by recent resignations, and Deputy Gary Huff was hired to fill one shift a week, the town manager said.
With Fish and Williams on board, “we’ll have two full-time and two part-time” deputies covering the town, White said. “Basically, we’re keeping the same force.”
After hiring the two deputies, Selectmen turned their attention to plans to expand the municipal building and update the salt shed.
Olver Associates Inc. of Winterport was hired to fix and expand the salt shed, which should be finished by the end of October, and a three-member building committee was created to work on interior designs for the municipal building, White said.
Planning board Chairman Louis Morin, Selectman Kevin Allcroft and White will work on the town hall plans for the next couple of weeks and will present their designs to the Board of Selectmen for final approval before bids are requested.
White presented a sketch of the proposed expansion, which voters approved at the annual town meeting, to selectmen on Monday.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to go out to bid in three to four weeks,” he said.
During the meeting, selectmen also created a subcommittee to review possible grant funding for the Fire Department, and offered White a new one-year contract at the same $54,000 salary. He does not take the town’s health insurance, a savings to the town of about $8,000, because he is covered by his wife’s insurance policy.