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New Gloucester budget process on hold

The budget process has been put on hold because of ongoing deliberations over compensation for the town’s fire and rescue department. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ article in the Sun Journal.

Chief Sacco remembered by colleagues and friends

OXFORD — During his tenure as fire chief in New Gloucester, Gary Sacco was the boss.

“Depending on how people were faced with Gary, they could come up quick and say, ‘He’s just a gruff man,’ and he was, on the professional front,” said New Gloucester Fire Capt. Scott Doyle,  a longtime colleague, neighbor and friend of Sacco.

“On the personal front, he had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I would ever know.” Keep reading Jon Bolduc’s story in the Sun Journal.

Gary Sacco, 63

PORTLAND – Gary Joseph Sacco, 63, of Poland, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Maine Medical Center in Portland shortly after honoring one of his fallen brothers of the fire department. Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

Budget meetings cancelled til further notice

The Budget Committee has cancelled its meeting today (March 13) and the budget hearing and meeting scheduled for next week (Wed. March 20). Both will be rescheduled once the Public Safety budget figures have been finalized.

Firefighters and rescue workers escorted former New Gloucester Fire Chief

Firefighters and rescue workers escorted former New Gloucester Fire Chief  to Lewiston/Auburn in a caravan on Monday where he will be remembered by many this weekend. His death on Sunday stunned the community as he was attending Berwick firefighter Joel Barnes’ funeral. Sacco served as Fire Chief for a dozen years in New Gloucester and was currently the Oxford Department Fire Chief.

Ellie Fellers

Procession of fire trucks escort Oxford chief’s body to Lewiston

LEWISTON — The body of Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco arrived Monday afternoon at a local funeral home. He died Sunday while attending the funeral of Capt. Joel Barnes of the Berwick Fire Department in Portland, according to Oxford fire officials. Keep reading staff report in the Sun Journal.

Oxford fire chief Gary Sacco dies while attending comrade’s memorial service

Former New Gloucester Fire Chief Gary Sacco died Sunday after experiencing medical episode while attending a memorial service for Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes. Read J.Craig Anderson’s report in the Portland Press Herald.

Update

NG Budget Committee Review Hits Pause as Selectmen Tackle Fire and Rescue Budget  

A budget-review season that was already challenging has been complicated by questions about the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue FY20 budget, raised by the Board of Selectmen on February 4.  At issue, whether the data and assumptions underlying the preliminary $490,000 NGFR budget were appropriate, and whether the current level of emergency response service and staffing is adequate.  While its analysis continues, the Board on February 8 set a placeholder amount of $700,000 for Fire and Rescue so that the Budget Committee could begin its advisory budget review.  The NGFR budget for the current budget year was $380,000. Continue reading

BOS confirms new Chief of Fire & Rescue

Selectmen on Monday affirmed that town firefighter Toby Martin has been hired as chief of New Gloucester Fire and Rescue.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay, who hired Martin, said he will be paid $65,000 a year. He began his duties Feb. 25.

 Castonguay said Martin has 25 years of experience in fire and rescue services, and nationwide and state credentials. He earned a master’s degree in career and technical education from the University of New England in 2015. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Search for next Fire Chief Continues in New Gloucester — Sun Journal Feb. 2

New Gloucester’s search for a new fire chief to replace former chief James Ladewig will continue this week with additional candidate interviews scheduled for February 8, according to Town Manager Carrie Castonguay.   To learn more about the status of the search and its background, read Ellie Fellers’s full story in the Sun Journal.