MILO, Maine —The Milo Board of Selectmen reached an agreement Friday with a former Belfast official to become the new town manager. The selectmen voted 3-1 on Aug. 9 to offer the position to David Maynard, who previously served as the Belfast manager from 1982 to 1986. Selectman Donald Banker was the only vote against hiring Maynard.

The selectmen held a special selectmen’s meeting to vote on hiring Maynard after discussing the terms of the contract with town attorney Erik Stumpfel during an Aug. 7 executive session at their regularly scheduled meeting. Maynard signed a contract last week for $60,000 per year and he is expected to assume his duties next week.

Maynard will succeed Roger Raymond, who has served as the interim town manager since former Town Manager Jeff Gahagan resigned in April.

“We liked that he had a lot of experience in both New England and the Midwest as a town manager,” Board Chairwoman Wilma Stanchfield said of Maynard.

During the Aug. 7 board meeting, the selectmen accepted the low bid made by DeWitt Electrical of Milo to retrofit the community center’s 28 ceiling light fixtures with more efficient bulbs. Town officials believe the new lighting system will produce better light and save money. DeWitt was one of two bidders on the project. DeWitt bid $1,642 and the other bid was made by Cole Stream Electric for $3,256.

Raymond also updated the board on the town’s attempt to modernize the kitchen facilities in the municipal building. He is seeking an estimate from a consultant about how much an engineer’s preliminary study would cost.
Raymond has sent out a request for proposals to seven firms for consideration. Three firms have already responded and the selectmen will review the bids on Aug. 21.

The selectmen also discussed the progress made on the Heritage Building project. The town received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division to construct a building to replace those destroyed in the 2008 fire. The town already has two tenants lined up to rent a space. The plans have been finalized and the town is ready to put the construction phase of the project out to bid. The town placed an advertisement in the Bangor Daily News this week seeking bids on the project.

The selectmen are also close to seeking bids for the construction component of the Safe Streets program to improve the downtown’s infrastructure by improving the curbing, adding shade trees, sidewalks, crosswalks and some drainage work. The town received a $125,000 grant from the federal government to fund these improvements.

As the project is entering into the final design stage, another engineering study may be needed to address the location of a drainage pipe. A downtown business has requested that the drainage pipe not be placed underneath its property.

The Maine Department of Transportation has suggested extending the drainage pipe down Main Street and have it exit into the river. Town officials want to know how this change would affect the project before putting it out to bid. Raymond suggested that the MDOT should assume the cost for any additional engineering studies concerning the drainage pipe.

The selectmen will meet next at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the town hall.