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Councilors considering town employee pay-scale adjustments

FORT KENT, Maine — Members of the Fort Kent Town Council have agreed to consider adjusting non-union employee wages. 

Several town employees addressed councilors during their regular meeting Monday regarding non-union salaries and cost-sharing of health insurance premiums.

Town Clerk Angela Coulombe spoke on behalf of herself and three other employees in the administration department requesting a review of their payrate. Coulombe pointed out that the four staff members will take on additional duties when administrative clerk Francois Daigle retires at the end of 2017. The councilors voted at a previous council meeting not to immediately replace Daigle and to distribute her workload among the four other employees.

Coulombe said the administration department would continue to “work together as a team…..with no gaps in coverage” or service to taxpayers.

The councilors agreed to consider Maine Municipal Association salary surveys which Town Manager Don Guimond compiled for them, before further discussing the possible pay adjustments. They voted unanimously to continue with the current non-union health insurance cost-sharing formula.

Also at the meeting, the councilors unanimously approved the hire of Robert Jeffrey Sirois as a part-time dispatcher at the Fort Kent Police Department.

The councilors also unanimously approved a bid of $1,162 by Kyle Davenport on a 2000 Ford F550 no longer in use by the public works department. Davenport’s was the highest of four bids for the truck, which the department previously used to haul salt.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Town Council will start at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Fort Kent Municipal Building.

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