Piscataquis County sheriff to seek Cops Fast grant

Posted May 18, 2011, at 9:27 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin intends to seek a federal Cops Fast grant, which would fund a police position for three years.

Goggin was given the go-ahead by the Piscataquis County commissioners Tuesday with the understanding that, as required, the county would have to keep and fund the position for at least a fourth year.

Unlike similar grants in the past that fully funded a police position the first year and contributed reduced amounts over the next two years, Goggin told the commissioners that the first three years of the entry-level position would be fully funded. The grant application must be filed by May 25.

“As this recession goes on, I don’t see that things are going to be getting any better in the next few years, and things are going to be getting tougher for these smaller towns and smaller police departments,” Goggin said. “They are going to be asking and requesting for more help from the sheriff’s department.”

With the sheriff’s office down one position, which was left unfilled during the budget process, Goggin said his department is having difficulty. “We’re struggling ourselves right now with filling in our own schedule,” he said.

On another matter, the commissioners learned that Register of Probate Judy Raymond has tendered her resignation effective May 31. Raymond, a Republican who was elected to the position in 1990, is retiring. The Republican Party has submitted the name of her deputy, Donna Peterson, to be appointed in her stead. A background check will be conducted on Peterson, and Gov. Paul LePage must give his blessing. Peterson then would be required to run in the next general election if she wanted to continue in the position.

A public meeting will be held at 3 p.m. May 26, in the county office, to discuss the possibility of the county providing aerial photos. The commissioners are interested in finding out whether town officials and businesses are interested in the county’s participating in the cost-sharing venture with the state and federal governments to update and to offer orthoimagery to local towns and businesses. Those interested in attending are asked to contact the commissioners’ office at 564-2161 in advance.

Approval was given to the Bodfish All-Terrain Riders for two years for the use of eight-tenths of a mile of Elliotsville Road from the bridge toward Monson and seven-tenths of a mile from the bridge to the railroad tracks that intersect with the Borestone Mountain Sanctuary.

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