North Yarmouth, Pownal to share code enforcement officer

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NORTH YARMOUTH — The town is searching for a new code enforcement officer, who will also do the job in Pownal.

North Yarmouth needs a code enforcement officer for about 35 hours a week, while neighboring Pownal requires someone for about six hours. So the two towns plan to share the position.

North Yarmouth is advertising for a CEO/town planner through Monday, Aug. 4. Barbara Skelton had been the town’s CEO until May, when she resigned to work in Gardiner. Bruce Smith replaced her on an interim basis, and his last day was last week.

Town Manager Rosemary Roy said she has contacted New Gloucester CEO Debra Larrivee about filling in until a permanent replacement is found for North Yarmouth and Pownal.

“Pownal needs (a CEO) about anywhere from four to eight hours a week,” Roy said last week. “So we thought (having a joint CEO) would be best, because here we need a code officer about 35, 34 hours a week. It depends on the time of the year.”

The CEO will be North Yarmouth’s employee, and receive full-time pay from the town. Pownal will be billed for its use of the CEO, Roy said.

The employee will be required to attend applicable board meetings in North Yarmouth, but attendance at Pownal meetings will be on a request basis, she explained.

The town planner portion of the job will provide guidance to people developing projects in town, Roy said, and to help streamline the Planning Board process.

Having a planner will be also be helpful, she said, “because as we have established an economic development committee, and now we have the oversight committee (which is working with Planning Decisions on major town decisions) … that’s the direction the town is going in.”

Job applications are available at the Town Office, 10 Village Square Road, or online at northyarmouth.org.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.