Sheriff Todd Brackett announced Tuesday, Kevin Dennison was named Deputy of the Year. He said Dennison was the kind of deputy Brackett would “like to clone.” Dennison served in the Army, then returned to the Sheriff’s Office and trained as a canine handler. He works with Duke, currently the department’s only canine officer.
The county received three bids for its tax anticipation note, from Camden National Bank, The First, and Bath Savings. Camden National Bank came in as the low bid, but it required one payment for payoff, which could cost more interest. The First, where the county has most of its other accounts, came in at 2.85 percent, a tenth of a point more than Camden National Bank, and permits early and incremental payoff. Commissioners picked The First.
Somerville signed its animal control contract, and commissioners approved it. They also authorized advertisement for part-time ACOs and other special services deputies, and approved a memorandum of understanding for the Sheriff’s Office to enforce Maine’s liquor laws. ACO Ben Cook has resigned.
County Administrator Carrie Kipfer said last year’s orthoimagery data has been downloaded to a hard drive which now is at the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission. The county has signed a recycling contract with Georgetown for $11,400, and will replace fuel tanks in its recycling truck for $3,476.50.
The Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry increased the amount it offers to the county for a contract to provide training and presentations, as part of its StreamStart culvert program. LCRPC will administer the funds. The county has accepted a $10,000 anonymous donation to the Heidi Fund to support canine officers.
The Department of Labor did a site inspection for the safety inspection program Shape. The inspector found several violations; correcting them will make the county free from random inspections in the future.
The commissioners agreed to withhold $97,000 in funding from Two Bridges Regional Jail to recoup funds the state inadvertently sent to the jail. The funds will go to programs that benefit the jail.
A recycling truck was in a minor accident at the TriCounty Solid Waste facility; it backed into a pole. Lincoln County will pay the expected $500 cost.