LAMOINE – The Lamoine Choose Board on July 21 mentioned additional developments in the potential for making a shared place as an animal management officer for a number of cities in Hancock County.
This risk was beforehand mentioned at a slender council assembly on June 28, the place council members looked for attainable options to fill a vacant place as an animal management officer. Realizing that this downside was not distinctive to Lamoine however was shared by many different small cities in Hancock County, metropolis officers thought-about partnering with another cities.
Previous to final week’s Choose Board assembly, Lamoine officers had a gathering with metropolis officers from Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, Sullivan, Franklin, Hancock and Trenton.
“We held a gathering on Zoom final week,” mentioned Stu Marckoon, who serves as the executive assistant of the Lamoine Choose Board. “All of us need to do one thing. We simply have to know what the mechanism is ”.
Marckoon mentioned different cities have been receptive to the thought of collaboration.
“We’re all in the identical boat,” mentioned Marckoon. “We’re all in numerous levels of want.”
All of those cities both wouldn’t have an individual within the animal management place or, as within the case of Lamoine, could have a emptiness within the coming months with no substitute in line.
“We’re shedding ours [animal control officer] on the finish of the month, “Marckoon mentioned.
Lamoine additionally requested how animal management is managed in unorganized territories and if they’ve comparable wants.
Following the June 28 assembly, Marckoon started trying into different Maine cities which have shared animal management agreements in place, to get an thought of the best way to create a shared municipal place. Now he has discovered an settlement that he thinks might be a attainable instance of the best way to deal with this example.
“Casco, Naples and Raymond have a three-city settlement that employs an animal management officer,” Marckoon mentioned. “I have not checked out it carefully, however they are saying it is working for them.”
Not all the small print a couple of shared place have been labored out, by way of how the officer can be paid and who he would technically work for, however the cities concerned plan to debate extra particulars as they go.
“That the whole lot must be resolved,” Marckoon mentioned.
cities plan to carry one other Zoom assembly in early August to additional talk about the difficulty and provide you with some attainable plans for shifting ahead.