Voters at Deering town meeting passed all warrants Saturday, including a new program to hire an emergency responder on a per-diem basis.
The move was requested because Deering, like many smaller rural towns, has difficulty staffing its fire and ambulance crews with on-call personnel during the work week.
Under the program, started with $45,000, the ambulance will be staffed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and staff “will also be responsible for responding to fire calls during their work shifts.” Future operating costs will be in the operating budget.
Voters approved a town operating budget of $2.02 million, up about 1.14 percent from $1.99 million approved last year.
They also okayed buying a $195,000 highway truck purchased with help of $80,339 taken from the Highway Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund.
Voters also approved using $8,000 from the leftover fund balance to convert an old police cruiser into a “Fire Department Command Vehicle for Deering’s part-time fire chief.”