Public safety workers in Lincoln frustrated by staff cuts

LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The recent decision by leaders here to cut some municipal jobs has some town workers upset.

In passing the budget for the next fiscal year, town officials decided this week to lay off one firefighter and not fill a vacant job with the Lincoln police department. Several first responders who did not want to go on camera with NEWS CENTER on Wednesday said they were deeply concerned by the move.

Members of the firefighters union now say that, at times, they may to be down to having one only person at the station because of the layoffs. In response,town officials say the cuts are painful but necessary as they respond to the loss of hundreds of mill jobs in the region last winter.

"A lot of our people {are} on fixed incomes," said town manager Bill Lawrence, "Unlike some of our neighboring communities that have had to foreclose on homes...we don't want to do that in Lincoln. Our finances are in still good shape."

In addition to the public safety jobs, Lincoln is also losing some clerical jobs. Under the new budget two positions are being cut at the town library as well as one at the town office.


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