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New firefighters appointed, surplus includes collectibles

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TOWNSEND — After handling the business of signing the contract with the town’s new rubbish collection and disposal provider, the selectmen tackled a number of appointments.

Selectman on July 1 named John Tuomi and Daniel Gould to the position of firefighter/EMT within the Townsend Fire-EMS Department, Michael Grimley to the position of full-time fire captain (“He was the only applicant,” Chief Donald Klein said) and Ryan Cronin, Jason Denig, Benjamin Niemiara, Leon Niemiera and Adam Sharpe to positions as call firefighters. The group members are fresh out of the fire academy and were recruits in Townsend a year ago. Brett Davis was also appointed as a recruit firefighter for this year. All appointments come with a six-month probationary period.

The selectmen also named Mary Letourneau as the temporary animal control service provider in the town, as an independent contractor until the town’s request for a quote for a full-time animal control employee. The board also clarified the employee status of the three recently-appointed members of the Board of Registrars — they are classified as 1099 employees, for tax purposes.

A second batch of items from the elimination of the current highway garage were declared surplus. Most items are building materials or old machinery, but all will be available for bid on the town’s Web site.

Vice Chairman David Funaiole suggested one batch of items from the highway garage might be of value to a collector: A set of World War II medical supplies — in pristine condition — including numerous enamel bedpans and handheld urinals, X-ray equipment and an anesthesia equipment set.

The selectmen will next meet on Tuesday, July 15, and hope to have decided upon an animal control provider by that session. — Matt Lynch

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