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Public works department gets the job done with a smile, despite sweltering heat

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent Department of Public Works employees are known to plow the iciest of roads in the middle of the night following winter snowstorms while most of us sleep. 

The summer months can be nearly as brutal weatherwise for the employees. While many town residents escaped 90-degree temperatures by turning on the air conditioning on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 30, the public works employees took to the pavement downtown, literally, as they painted crosswalks and striped parking spots.

Fort Kent Public Works Director Tony Theriault said his crew would have liked to have done the repainting a bit earlier in the summer, but had other tasks they needed to complete first. 

He added that on the bright side, the new paint markings will be fresh for the Fort Kent 150th Anniversary Celebration taking place next week, as well as for the Fort Kent International Muskie Derby and Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce annual Ploye Festival.

“We were crazy busy,” Theriault said.  “It worked out good so it is freshly painted for the festivities going on in the next couple of weeks.”

The department repaints the crosswalks and parking spots annually. 

Although it would be ideal to repaint during the early morning hours, it is actually advantageous to do so in the afternoon. 

Theriault said that the paint dries faster during the summer afternoon heat.

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