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New Mexico officer starts Sunday
MEXICO -- This town's newly-hired police officer will officially begin his duties this Sunday, according to Lt. Roy Hodsdon.
Zachary Bisson has been training since last week. Currently living in Livermore Falls, he had been a part-time officer for the Oxford Police Department and Mechanic Falls Police Department.
Bisson was approved as a new officer by selectmen last week as the board accepted the resignation of another officer, Joshua Aylward, who had been with the department for a year but had chosen not to attend the academy. Town Manager John Madigan said that due to time requirements by the state to complete the course within a year, he had to resign.
Hodsdon said Bisson has gone above and beyond with on-the-job training, which is required to become a full-time police officer in Maine. He has completed the 100-hour course and has more than 600 hours of on-the-job training; the state requires 40.
Madigan said Bisson must attend the Maine State Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro to complete his training.
Bisson currently resides just within the 20-mile radius required by the department. However, Hodsdon said Bisson does plan to relocate to this area.
In other business, selectman held public hearings for trailer park license renewals and addressed concerns surrounding Brandy Pond LLC trailer park on Pine Street.
Board members questioned owner Russell Oakes of Portland about whether he has addressed several concerns they have had over the past year, which include septic issues, unsightly trailers and debris on the property.
Selectmen also discussed how multiple trailers on the property had tax liens on them, including 10 from 2011 and others from the previous year.
Oakes said he would work to pay those off and was also working to address or has addressed the concerns the board had previously mentioned.
"This discussion is a carbon copy of the one we had last year," said Selectman George Byam, who added that he would like to see Oakes follow through with promises he made to the board.
Selectman Reggie Arsenault moved to not renew the license until Oakes could meet with David Erringtion, the code enforcement officer, so Oakes could show how things have improved within the trailer park.
The issue will be placed on the next agenda, with Errington to be present.
Madigan said the lack of snow is certainly having a positive effect on the highway department in terms of diesel consumption.
For the month of December, the town used 523 gallons, compared to the usual amount of 1,400 gallons. A lot of that savings is because the town trucks are not needed to haul snow to the snow dump.
Selectmen also decided on a cover and dedication for the town report.
Selectman Richie Philbrick suggested a picture from the Memorial Day parade where local fallen soldier Buddy McLain was honored.
McLain, a Mexico native, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2010 along with five other service members when an Afghanistan police officer opened fire on the group.
The board approved the dedication be made in McLain's honor, with a second dedication to be made to Greg Arsenault, who spent many years serving the town as recreation director.