Councilors approve loan, learn of police change

6 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — Houlton Police Chief Tim DeLuca informed members of the Houlton Town Council Monday evening that there would soon be an opening in the department.

DeLuca said he had accepted the resignation of Officer Richard York, who has worked for the department for eight years and is taking a job with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. DeLuca said he wished him well with the next phase of his career.

“He is very well respected,” said DeLuca.

Town councilors also approved a loan package to borrow $260,000 to complete roof work at the Public Works Department garage and make improvements to the Gentle Memorial Building. The loan will be taken out for five years at a 2.99 percent interest rate from Katahdin Trust Co., which submitted a low bid to the town.

Councilors accepted the low bid of $81,950 from Powers Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. of Caribou for replacement of the roof on the Public Works Building. The remainder of the loan amount will help pay for repairs at the Gentle Memorial Building.

MacDonald said crews need to remove asbestos-laden siding and replace a number of windows with energy-efficient ones.