TREMONT — Selectmen unanimously agreed Monday to contract with a firm from Pittsfield for tax assessing services and to hire a part-time code enforcement officer.
RJD Appraisal, headed by Rob Duplisea Jr., is to take over assessing in a one-year contract where the town pays just under $32,000. The contract stipulates that a company representative will be in the town office one day a week with the exception of the weeks of Christmas and the Fourth of July. In addition to other services, the company is to revalue 25 percent of the properties in town and continue on that schedule if the contract is extended.
RJD does assessing for a lengthy list of towns in Hancock County, including Southwest Harbor, Lamoine, Blue Hill and Castine. Selectmen in September voted to have the company prepare a proposal for consideration.
Until Aug. 12, Debbi Nickerson was working as assessor as a town employee. Upon her resignation, former Town Manager Millard Billings took over the duties on a half-day-a-week basis. Selectmen had discussed whether to employ an assessor or contract out for the service and opted for the latter.
Matthew Caldwell of RJD is to be the town’s appointed assessor.
Nickerson also was the town’s code enforcement officer. Billings has been doing that job on a part-time basis.
On Monday, selectmen voted to hire John Larson of Lamoine as part-time code enforcement officer. Larson works part-time in that position in the towns of Hancock, Surry, Stockton Springs and Veazie. He is to be in the town office on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
Larson is to be paid $30 per hour. According to Town Manager Dana Reed, the town should save about $8,000 annually under this arrangement because Larson will not be eligible for employee benefits such as health insurance.
Reed said Larson comes highly recommended.
“I got nothing but good reports about him,” Reed said. “It should work out pretty well.”