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Four applicants so far for Fort Kent town manager post

FORT KENT, Maine — As of Monday, four people had submitted applications for the position of Fort Kent town manager, Town Council Chairman Dr. John Bouchard announced during Monday’s council meeting.

Donald Guimond, who served as Fort Kent town manager for 24 years, left the position in March. Police Chief Tom Pelletier is currently serving as interim town manager until the council is able to find a more permanent replacement for Guimond.

The council also put together a job description outlining the duties expected of a town manager. An official job description did not previously exist, so the councilors based the one they created on some of the responsibilities Guimond executed and incorporated portions of similar job descriptions from other towns.

The names of the applicants were not publicly released. The council is accepting applications until June 8.

During Monday’s meeting, the councilors voted unanimously to allow Fort Kent Director of Planning and Economic Development Steve Pelletier to seek a community development block grant in the amount of $60,000 to assist Doug Kelly, owner of the Fort Kent based business Deep Gash Trucking, Inc. in hiring two full-time employees. Kelly is required to match the grant by also investing $60,000 in Deep Gash Trucking Inc., and plans to do so by purchasing a new excavator for the business, according to Pelletier.

The councilors also voted unanimously to appoint Chief Pelletier and councilor Joey Ouellette to represent the town on the Northern Maine Development Commission and Ouellette to represent the town on the Riverside Park Pavilion Management Committee.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Fort Kent Municipal Building.

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