New CLC chief meets with Edgecomb selectmen

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:45am

Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service's new service chief, Nick Bryant, met with Edgecomb selectmen Feb. 11.

Bryant explained he has been a full-time member of the service since joining in 2010, following his graduation from college.

The Bristol resident was sworn in as chief Feb. 5 following Warren Waltz who retired as chief on Oct. 31, 2018 and Mark Doe, interim chief.

Selectmen asked about the recent increase in CLC’s pricing for the other towns it serves. Those include Alna, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Jefferson, Newcastle, Nobleboro and South Bristol.

In a followup interview with the Boothbay Register, Bryant said CLC is now about 1-1/2 years into a five-year contract with Edgecomb. The contract price with the town is $17,000. In 2018, CLC responded to 74 calls in Edgecomb. So far in 2019, it has responded to 13 calls.

Bryant told selectmen the response times were “decent,” and that CLC’s relationship with the Edgecomb Fire Department is “great, seamless.”  

Smith said selectmen wanted to meet with Bryant to make sure the change in CLC leadership didn’t create any funding concerns. Bryant said he didn’t think there would be a drastic change in costs for the town. “You guys are where you need to be,” he told selectmen.

Selectmen congratulated Bryant on his new job.

At the same meeting, Corning Townsend of the town’s waterfront committee informed selectmen the committee has unanimously nominated Kris Niederlitz to serve as deputy harbormaster. Niederlitz introduced himself, saying he is a retired Air Force and corporate pilot and has a sailboat. He is a trustee of Wiscasset Public Library and hopes to learn more and help out the community. Selectmen tabled a vote on Niederlitz’s appointment pending Jack Sarmanian’s return from vacation. 

Fire Chief Roy Potter updated selectmen. The new fire truck will be delivered the week of March 11 and four firefighters will be taking the basic class in March.

The board meets next at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at the town office.