Androscoggin County seeks help from PR firm

AUBURN — The Androscoggin County Commission voted after an government session Wednesday to rent a public relations firm to talk on behalf of the county sooner or later.
Commissioners haven’t but chosen a specific PR firm. It was additionally unclear the place the funding for such a contract would come from.
If the county goes by means of with this, the PR firm will help county officers with feedback to the general public on questions from the media.
Commission Chairman Sally Christner defended the choice when reached Thursday for remark.
“We have nobody in that capability proper now,” Christner stated. “It has been suggested by a couple of individual exterior of county authorities over the previous yr. In the previous we’ve used the help of an lawyer. But that is a bit more expensive. We merely want somebody to help us on this space.
“I’ve been contacted a number of occasions by the press, however I work a really demanding fulltime job and can’t cease to do an interview,” she added. “There have been professionals who’ve stepped up and felt just like the county is just not getting their aspect of points throughout in a significant method. We are merely going to simply accept some short-term help on this space and see if we are able to higher articulate our message and intentions.”
Lauren Haven, the administrator for the Maine County Commissioners Association, is on trip this week and was unavailable to remark.
In different enterprise, the board accepted American Rescue Plan Act funds on 17 county tasks and tools that had been moved from the 2023 county price range. Expenditures included laptop {hardware} and software program, furnishings and workplace tools for a number of departments, firearms for the Sheriff’s Department and a truck for the constructing and services division. The value of the 17 tasks totals $77, 500, with the jail computer systems the most costly buy at $22,000.
Interim County Administrator Clarice Proctor informed commissioners that the mill price for the county for 2023 dropped to 1.24 from final yr’s price of 1.33.
A petition delivered to the board by a number of Livermore residents to get the county to grant reduction to proceed winter upkeep on Wyman Road was postponed to permit the county to get extra data.
The board voted to rent a normal contractor for the HVAC improve.


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