Monmouth selectmen extended the contract of its town manager and aired a proposal to upgrade the boat launch at a recent meeting.

The board on Wednesday agreed to a new contract with Town Manager Curtis Lunt that will keep him with the town through July of 2017.

“I’m very pleased to be working for you,” Lunt told the board.

Lunt will earn more than $71,000 per year during the contract and will receive any cost of living pay increase that other employees receive. The town also agreed to pay $3,000 per year in travel expenses and give him three weeks vacation each year.

The contract also gives Lunt permission to seek a reduced hourly work schedule, with a proportional reduction in pay, and requires the board to “attempt in good faith to reach an agreement with the manager.”

Lunt will not be required to work on Friday, when the office is closed. Lunt, who has not been required to work when the office is closed, pointed out that he is typically in the office on Fridays.

This is at least the third contract that Lunt, 66, has signed with the town. He said when he signed his last contract, in 2011, that he was thinking of retiring, but Lunt said he enjoys working for the town and is pleased selectmen are glad to have him.

“I wouldn’t want to work for you 10 minutes longer than you want me,” he said.

Selectmen also held a public hearing on a warrant article that will free up $50,000 to overhaul the boat launch at Cochnewagon Lake. Voters approved spending the money at the June Town Meeting without a specific plan in place. The warrant, which will go to voters during the Nov. 3 statewide election, will earmark the money for upgrades and kick in $50,000 in matching funds from the state. Lunt said the money will be used to improve the launch and restrooms at the landing.

Selectmen also approved a new liquor license to allow TJ’s Place, a restaurant on U.S. Route 202, to sell beer and wine. Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said police have received no complaints about the restaurant.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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Twitter: @CraigCrosby4


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