Searsport selectmen authorized a contract with the local supervisors union and the 2017 pay scale for all town employees at a meeting July 6.

The union contract, affecting two town employees, adds two new pay grades to the longevity-based wage scale. While the previous pay scale’s last raise came at year 20, the new contract includes 7-percent wage increases at 25 years and 30 years, and will be applied retroactively to March.

"It was a good bargaining chip," Town Manager James Gillway said, adding that it was important to the senior staff to be on a higher wage scale before retiring.

The two additional pay grades were applied to the 2017 wage scale for all town employees. The town employee wage scale also includes a 2.25-percent cost-of-living increase. For non-union employees, the cost-of-living increase and the added steps of the wage scale will be applied retroactively to January.

In other business

Selectmen set a date for the first of two or more public hearings to discuss changing the town’s fiscal year to July 1- June 30, to align with the school district’s fiscal year. The public hearing will be held Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

Economic Development Director Dean Bennett will contact Bangor Gas about the possibility of putting a portion of a gas pipeline underground along Route 1 during its reconstruction planned for 2019. Bangor Gas has expressed interest in the past in sending a line to Searsport’s port and, from there, linking to Belfast, but once the Department of Transportation completes its reconstruction project there will be a state-mandated 5-year moratorium on projects that entail tearing up the road.

The town received notice from DM&J that its tipping fee will be increasing to $78.50 per ton, and from Casela Organics that its fee is increasing to $71.16 from $69.70 per yard.

Selectmen approved spending up to $3,000 from the holiday special events reserve fund for a small fireworks display at the end of the Maritime Heritage Days celebration Aug. 12.

The Code Enforcement Officer has been spotting unreported sheds appearing on people’s properties. He would like residents to know that all sheds require a building permit.

The town was awarded a grant to replace a foot ramp and float at Hamilton Wharf.

An anonymous donor provided benches downtown.