LITCHFIELD — The town soon will have a secure lock box so townspeople can drop off tax payments or other items when the Town Office is closed.

Declan Doyle proposed to fabricate the box as his Eagle Scout project, and selectmen on Tuesday agreed to accept it.

Selectman George Thomson also offered to assist Doyle with a computer-aided design.

Town Manager Mike Byron said people would be able to drop materials into the box through a slot from the office porch.

The project is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Also on Tuesday, Anne Davis, director of the Gardiner Public Library, which is supported by Litchfield and other communities, gave a presentation to support a $18,109 fee for Litchfield residents to use the library this year. The fee increased by 3 percent, or $527, over last year. Residents vote on the library membership at the annual town meeting.

Davis reported that 363 households from Litchfield patronized the library in the most recent fiscal year. If they had paid $65 per household for a non-resident card, the cost would have been $23,595.

Buying membership for the town means everyone in Litchfield can access the library.

Because of the Gardiner’s partnership with Litchfield, Pittston, Randolph and West Gardiner, Davis wrote in a letter to selectmen, the city “is able to support a library that offers downloadable E-books and audiobooks, shares a collection of 44,000 titles, offers great children and adult programs and allows all of the library users access to the collections in over 89 public libraries as well as the university system libraries and the libraries of Bates, Bowdoin and Colby colleges.”

In other business, selectmen directed Steve Ochmanski, code enforcement officer, to review ordinances in other Maine communities that regulate possession, use and sale of consumer fireworks.


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