2017-10-11 / Front Page

Commissioners to recognize volunteers

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

FARMINGTON — At their Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting, Franklin County Commissioners agreed to hold a Spirit of America Award Ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 7 during their regular 9 a.m. meeting.

“The Spirit of America recognizes the good deeds and actions of people in the community who will never, never ask for credit,” explained Spirit of America Foundation Director Amy Fowler. As a Waldo County Commissioner, Fowler said having public recognition for volunteers was one of the best things Waldo County had done.

The Spirit of America Foundation Tribute was first awarded in 1991. Since then, more than 500 ceremonies to honor volunteerism have taken place, either in municipalities or at the State Capital. Last year, 12 of Maine’s 16 counties hosted their own ceremonies, said Spirit of America Director Bruce Flaherty.

The Spirit of America Foundation honor is presented in the name of the municipality which makes the nomination. So far this year, the award has been presented James Boyce of Freeman, Susan Lambert of New Vineyard and Brian Ellis of Rangeley. Flaherty said commissioners could either recognize those that had already been chosen, or they could make a decision to honor another person, group or project.

In other matters, commissioners accepted a $21,000 bid from Northern Pride Communications of Topsham for Mosher Hill communication tower upgrades. The project to reinforce tower legs and upgrade guy wires could begin in early December, depending on weather. The only other bid was from Allstate Tower of Henderson, KY and came in just over $50,000.

The project will be funded by the TIF and a carry over in the 2016-17 communication budget.

Commissioners also voted to spend up to $1,200 to hire Acme Land Surveying to survey a snowplow turnaround easement on Buzzell Road in Madrid Township. Funds for the work will come from the Unorganized Territory budget.

Following an Executive Session held during the Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting, Franklin County Commissioners named Greater Franklin Development Council as the County Tax Increment Financing Administrator. GFDC will provide TIF administration services thru the remainder of the fiscal year for $7,500, said County Clerk Julie Magoon.

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