May 25, 2018
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New hire aids county with disaster plans

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A seasoned planner is helping Piscataquis County towns and the county update their disaster plans to ensure that they’ll be eligible for federal and state funds when a disaster occurs.

Fred Muehl of Dover-Foxcroft, who retired after 14 years as director of planning for Franklin County, Mass., and 22 years with York Harbor Marine Service, began his new duties last month.

Tom Iverson Jr., Piscataquis County’s emergency management director, received a $25,000 federal grant to fund the two-year position. The local match for the grant was $6,250.

Iverson said recently that he was pleased to have Muehl’s expertise to help the county and towns move forward in updating their mitigation plans. The plans have to be updated every five years and most plans are now 3 to 4 years old, he said.

It will be up to the towns to remove the projects that have been completed in their mitigation plans and to add new ones that may be needed, and once that has been done, Muehl will help write up the documents, according to Iverson.

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