BUCKSPORT — The Town Council Oct. 13 approved hiring Bucksport resident Jef Fitzgerald as the town’s new assessor.
Fitzgerald is currently deputy planner for the city of Ellsworth, a position he has held for five years.
Fitzgerald is a Maine certified assessor and has done work for the town of Bucksport updating tax maps the past five to six years, Town Manager Roger Raymond said.
“His references were impeccable,” Raymond said.
Fitzgerald replaces Carol Oliver, who is retiring.
Fitzgerald will start Dec. 19.
In other business, the board approved several expenditures:
• $8,500 to install new electrical and air drops to apparatus at the public safety building (a capital improvement.)
• $8,900 for repairs to the School Street Fire House where the Fire Department stores antique fire apparatus. Volunteers will do the repairs, which will include new siding and a door as well as repair to slabs and seals (a capital improvement).
• $2,090 to repair leaking cylinders on the Fire Department ladder truck.
• $875 to install flood lights in the lower level of the transfer station.
• $14,300 to pave sidewalks.
The council also awarded a contract to International Salt for road salt for $57.34 a ton. The town is making the purchase through a buying cooperative operated by the Hancock County Planning Commission.
Raymond noted that two years ago, the low bid for road salt was over $70 a ton.
The council awarded a contract to Pike Industry for 6,000 yards of sand at $3.50 a cubic yard.
Councilor David Kee asked why the price for the sand was so low.
Raymond said the sand is a byproduct of Pike’s crushing process and is ground granite.
In other business, the council approved assisting Aqua Maine apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to build a water tank.
Raymond said the tank would replace an old tank on McDonald Avenue.
The new tank would be much larger and would give the Fire Department more water and would help water pressure in certain areas.
The total project cost would be a little over $800,000. The grant would reduce the amount the users of the water system would pay for the improvement.
As part of the grant requirement, Bucksport would need to survey residents in the target area to show that the project would benefit a certain percentage of low- to moderate-income residents.
Raymond said the town conducted the same survey when it applied for a $500,000 grant for the sewer.
Bucksport will not have to pay for any of portion of the water tank project or to conduct the survey.