Trenton and Lamoine discuss emergency partnership



TRENTON — The Trenton Select Board held a meeting on June 28, joined by members of the Lamoine Select Board, to discuss an interlocal municipal emergency partnership between the two towns.

This would not be an agreement to provide emergency response services but would instead provide a backup location for residents to utilize town office services in the event that one of the two towns is forced to temporarily close their offices due to an emergency.

A potential emergency that would bring this partnership into effect could be a pandemic-related closure or an accident that could render the town offices inoperative, such as a fire.

According to the agreement, the select board of the town in which the emergency has occurred would need to sign an emergency declaration and request for services, and bring it to the other town’s office, which would then provide the services requested.

These services would include standard town office functions such as automobile and boat registration, excise tax collections, fish and wildlife registrations, various recreational licenses and code enforcement permits.

In addition, phone calls to the town office that experienced an emergency closure could be directed to the other town’s office, and a space could be provided for the select board of the town requesting aid to meet if its regular meeting space is unusable.

Under the agreement, the town providing emergency services would hold all of its own operations as usually scheduled, and its own regular policies and office hours would remain in effect.

In other business, two articles regarding waste removal were presented to Trenton voters.

Article one sought to increase the amount of money appropriated by the town for the disposal of septic waste from $8,000 to $10,000, and to appropriate the additional $2,000 from unexpended funds.

Article two sought to increase the amount of money appropriated by the town for the disposal of solid waste from $260,000 to $265,000, and to appropriate the additional $5,000 from unexpended funds.

Both articles were moved and passed unanimously.

As it was the last meeting of the fiscal year, the Trenton financial audit was presented by Jim Wadman. Trenton’s unassigned fund balance grew by nearly $180,000, from $784,000 to $963,000 over the past year, which is a big financial gain for the town.

According to Wadman’s report, Trenton had a very strong fiscal year, as did most other towns in this area of Hancock County. Most saw high increases in surplus.

Malachy Flynn

Reporter Malachy Flynn covers news on the Schoodic beat, which includes the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Sorrento, Sullivan, Trenton, Waltham, and Winter Harbor. He also reports on the town of Tremont on Mount Desert Island. He welcomes tips and suggestions about stories in the area. To contact Malachy with tips or questions, email him at [email protected].

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