The Board of Selectmen had a full agenda May 6, with Interim Ambulance Director Loren Cole and Fire Chief Vern Thompson attending, in addition to board members Peter Curley and Melissa Moody. Selectman Betsy Bradley was present by speakerphone.

Leading the agenda in importance was a discussion of the status of the town's search for a new ambulance director for one year, with the possibility of renewal at the end of that time. Interim Town Manager Mac Smith said he had had one application for the position, and two inquiries.

Cole confirmed that he would stay on as interim director until the town meeting June 12, and later added that he would be willing to stay past that date if the town if the town stepped up its efforts to find a new director by advertising in two statewide EMS publications and on the town's Facebook page.

He said people from area EMS departments had asked him when the director position would be advertised, as they had been looking in the professional publications and had not seen the ad.

It was agreed that the town would advertise more aggressively.

In addition, Thompson said the Fire Department was willing to take over administration of the Ambulance Department temporarily if Cole wanted to leave and a new director had not yet been hired.

The selectmen also held a public hearing on a proposed article for the town meeting warrant that would change certain building fees in the Application, License, Permit and Other Fees Ordinance. There was no public comment on the article, and the board voted to add it to the warrant.

A request was presented from the Staples family that the town take over Mount Prospect Cemetery, which the family has maintained for many years on behalf of the private association that owns it. According to Smith, family members are aging and less able to do the work to keep it up.

Smith said the first task would be to determine who owns the cemetery, which he will undertake in consultation with the family. Then the cemetery would have to be accepted by residents at a town meeting. Smith told The Republican Journal there is still too much work to do on this issue to present it at this year's town meeting, so it will either have to be considered at a special town meeting or at next year's annual town meeting.

In other business, Raymond Pomeroy Sr. and Raymond Pomeroy Jr. came before the board to redeem property at 28 Cross Lane on which they owned back taxes. According to Smith the debt was more than three years old, but the town never foreclosed on it because "the case had fallen through a few cracks."

After discussion, Pomeroy Sr. agreed to pay the outstanding $3,945.94 and the selectmen signed a quitclaim deed to the property once he had done so.

The board heard a report from Vern Thompson, in his capacity as an earthworks contractor, on his visit to land adjacent to Narrows Cemetery which William Carpenter and Donna Gold had offered to donate to the cemetery in exchange for two burial plots there. When Thompson and a member of the Cemetery Committee visited the land, they found that it contained a significant amount of ledge, making it unsuitable for burials. The board rejected the offer.

Two volunteers were named to a pair of town committees. Kristen Lynch and Peter Walls will be alternates on the Cemetery Committee and voting members on the Shellfish Committee.

The board renewed the liquor license for The Hichborn.

The board voted to present the Spirit of America Award to Stockton Springs Community Builders. Bradley is a member of the group, and so abstained.

Finally, Smith said he had had several requests for the Town Office to reopen upstairs for public business. It would be hard to protect the public and town employees if the upstairs were opened now, he said, and if a member of the public were to contract COVID-19, the office would have to close for a period of time.

He suggested reviewing the Maine CDC guidelines and working toward announcing an opening date for the Town Office at town meeting. The board agreed.