Sangerville code officer to take on inspector job

Posted April 26, 2010, at 8:57 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — Selectmen voted Thursday to combine the positions of code enforcement officer and licensed plumbing inspector.

George Tozier of Guilford, who has been the town’s code enforcement officer, now also will serve as the licensed plumbing inspector. The latter position was held previously by Frank Ruksznis of Sangerville.

Selectman Tom Carone, a former planning board member, said Thursday that the board previously had talked about the advantages of combining the two positions.

“I think that would be a good move,” Jerry Peters, the planning board’s chairman, told selectmen Thursday of combining the positions. “I think it will streamline the planning board’s business. I think it will really be beneficial to the planning board.”

Tozier told the board that he has the state licenses needed for the added responsibilities and that he serves in that capacity for other communities.

Selectmen on Thursday also held an executive session to discuss a legal matter. After the session, selectmen took no action. When they were back in public session, however, board Chairman Lance Burgess said that the town has an agreement to settle an issue with a public works employee. He said later outside the meeting that there is a confidentiality clause in an agreement with Randy Cookson, the public works director, so no parts of the agreement can be addressed in public.

Cookson had been dismissed previously but later was rehired.

“The board made the appropriate decision that would save the town money by hiring him back on the advice of counsel,” Burgess said.

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