Commission Chairman, Percy L. Brown Jr., called the meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the conference room of the county courthouse located in Ellsworth Maine with Commissioners Joy and Blasi in attendance. 

MOTION: to add Jail item (a), the hire of a part-time cook. (Blasi/Joy 3-0, motion passed) 


MOTION: to approve the hire of Amy Peplowski of Franklin as a part-time cook at the rate of $12 per hour, not to exceed 29 hours per week with no benefits, effective October 22, 2015. (Joy/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) 


Revised budget numbers were distributed for the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office. 

The District Attorney’s revised budget included the positions of DA Detective and the addition of a part-time, 20 hour Clerk; it also eliminated a proposed full-time Clerk position.  The cost of the DA Detective, to include FICA, Retirement and Workers Compensation, was proposed at $50,117.  The cost of the part-time clerk, to include FICA, Retirement and Workers Compensation, is proposed at $13,475, this is a NEW position.  The elimination of the proposed full-time Clerk reduces the budget by $30,389.  The total increases from $342,339 to $372,821.  DA Foster stated that the Courts budget was merged into the DA’s budget at an additional expense of $5,000.  The Extradition account has to be utilized first to pay witness fees; this is new this year.  Commissioner Blasi questioned where the revenue would show for the new part-time position; there is none.  DA Foster stated that he is in agreement with the proposed changes. 

MOTION: to approve DA expenditures in the amount of $372,821. (Joy/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) 

Commissioner Joy stated that he may speak against this (the proposed budget) tonight and clarified that it has nothing to do with people, and it has to do with the budget. 

Commissioner Brown questioned the amount in capital account 3014-60 Vehicle Reserve; Sheriff Kane stated that the difference is the amount projected in the sale of vehicles. 

MOTION: to approve Department 10 revenue as presented on October 21, 2015 ($38,939). (Blasi/Joy 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Sheriff Kane stated that the difference in $10,217 and $6,217 is anticipated from the sale of cruisers during the coming year; 3-spare cruisers. 

The Sheriff’s Department revised budget included a NEW full-time Detective at Step 14E for 26 weeks at a cost of $24,376.  The proposed transfer of a detective’s position from the DA to the Sheriff’s Department has been reversed.  This detective will continue to be assigned to the DA’s Office at a total cost of $50,117, including benefits.  This reduces the Sheriff’s budget by $50,117. 

MOTION: to approve the expenses as presented on October 21st in Department 10. ($1,201,053) (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Joy asked the sheriff if there were leeway in hires; Sheriff Kane stated that he would be promoting from a patrol position to a detective position which required a minimum increase of 5%, per the union contract. 

Sheriff Kane stated that he based his previous submission to the commissioners/county administrator on the people who applied for the position at the highest cost of $27,437; the difference in the commissioner’s proposal was $3,061.15. 

Commissioner Blasi withdrew his motion/2nd Brown. (3-0, motion passed) 

MOTION: to accept the sheriff’s budget at $1,205,000. (Joy/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: the wage for Step 14I is $27,437. 

MOTION: to adjourn. (Blasi/Joy 3-0, motion passed) 


C DePrenger
Personnel Coordinator

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