Livermore officials offer expanded medical health insurance to employees

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LIVERMORE — Selectpersons have approved offering eligible town employees partial payment of medical health insurance for his or her spouse and youngsters, a profit meant to assist keep and attract staff.

The town pays 100% of employees’ medical health insurance premiums but has never covered their families. On Tuesday, the board approved paying 65% of the price of family coverage.

The price for the town could be about $11,000 per person, per yr, Chairman Mark Chretien said.

Administrative Assistant Aaron Miller will check whether a special town meeting is required to appropriate American Rescue Plan Act funds from the town’s allotment to cover the primary yr of expanded medical health insurance.

Regarding one emptiness, Chretien said, “We’re having a tough time finding experienced people for the highway department.”

“A pair of individuals would have applied but without medical health insurance they only couldn’t do it,” Selectperson Scott Richmond said.

“For those who don’t offer (family medical health insurance), should you get any person without experience (plowing snow), you’ll put the cash into the truck,” Chretien said. “You pays a method or one other.”

Asked about hiring a contractor to plow, Richmond said three towns did that after which established their very own departments due to unreliable service.

“You’re already established,” Miller said. You won’t get cold patching, ditching or cutting woods with contracting, he added.

“We now have 41 miles of road ourselves, 48 with Crash Road and Route 108,” Chretien said. “We now have got to do something to be competitive.”

Selectpersons agreed to advertise for the highway department position using a spread of $18 to $21 per hour, based on experience. The brand new medical health insurance option would even be included.

Also on the meeting, the board set the property tax rate at $16 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, similar to last yr.

Referring to a conversation with assessing agent Paul Binette of John E. O’Donnell & Associates of Latest Gloucester, Miller said, “In talking with Paul, your spending is down, revenue-sharing is up. You will have seen a rise in personal property so it looks promising.”

Selectperson Scott Richmond moved to maintain the speed at $16. The quantity available for tax abatements could be $153,252.78.

Last yr, $50,000 was taken from the undesignated fund balance to minimize the rise in taxes, Richmond said, noting there aren’t any plans to take money from the account this yr.

Unspent money is returned to the undesignated fund balance.

In other business, members of the Brettuns Pond Association are desirous about helping with beach cleanup and would really like a shed there for storing supplies. Central Maine Power is anticipated to put in a lightweight, and power would allow higher camera coverage of the world. A duplicate of Turner’s beach ordinance was shared as a possible template for Livermore.

Audrey Lovering of Lovering and Associates attended the meeting to debate the economic development proposal she submitted. It highlights the Route 4/Route 108 corridor. She said there’s all the time room for a few small restaurants, more medical and more technology facilities.

“It’s a good looking place to telecommute,” she said. “A number of industry is trying to move to Maine.” Livermore may very well be the primary stop for tourism with businesses resembling sports, fishing, biking, she noted.

Knowing what people want their town to be is a crucial first step, selectpersons agreed.

Creating a method for the business corridor is a multiphase, multistep process. Time to finish it is determined by what the town has for data and background information, nevertheless it could entail 140 hours or more. The corporate charges $85 per hour.

Selectperson Brett Deyling will create a survey to send with tax bills. Replies might be accomplished online, through Survey Monkey or sent to the Town Office.

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