Town council to discuss funding changes next week
PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) — Officials in Pittsfield, Maine will meet next week to discuss a contested plan to use $130,000 on road repairs instead of police department improvements.
The Kennebec Journal reports Mayor Michael Cianchette cancelled a special meeting that had been scheduled for Wednesday because the council didn’t have a quorum. Cianchette says the four councilors who had supported moving the money to road projects didn’t attend the meeting.
Officials had originally planned to use the funds to hire new staff and give the police chief a raise. However, Councilor Caleb Curtis suggested Pittsfield use the money for road maintenance. Many residents criticized the decision.
Cianchette acknowledges that the roads need some work but says Pittsfield police need funding to tackle the region’s opioid problem.
The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 2.
Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/