PALERMO — Selectmen are planning the next steps to using the grant that the town received for Banton Road repairs.

More than $90,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money will be matched by more than $22,000 in town money or contributed work to rebuild a persistently troublesome section of the road.

At the March 10 Town Meeting, voters added $20,000 to the proposed 2012 road budget to meet the federal requirement.

At Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Paul Cowing and Road Commissioner Scott Childs said JoAnn Mooney of the Maine Emergency Management Agency will help the town get the necessary state and federal environmental permits for the work.

Cowing credited former select board member Sophia Glidden with a lot of hard work to get the grant.

The impetus, he said, came from the spring day some years ago when a school bus and a Maine State Police car got stuck on Banton Road.

Following up on Town Meeting, selectmen began appointing and reappointing town officials, including:

* Darryl McKenney as code enforcement officer and cemetery overseer;

* Peter E. Nerber as animal control officer and his son Peter A. Nerber as deputy animal control officer;

* Simeon Blake Brown as Planning Board member for three years;

* Cowing and Michael Tesseo as Palermo’s representatives on the Tri-County Solid Waste Management board and Selectman Harry Dean Potter as alternate; and

* the three selectmen as the town’s Fair Hearing Authority.

Other appointments will be made after selectmen or Town Office staff find out whether incumbents want to continue to serve or, in the case of the volunteer fire department, after department members elect their chief and assistant chiefs.


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