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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Hail (but no raise) to the chief


The Board of Selectmen has shot down the Berlin Board of Fire Engineers’ request to significantly increase the budget for the fire department, including nixing a $14,000 salary increase for the new fire chief.

The budget of $112,319 is $14,834 more than last year and includes a $516 raise for the new fire chief, Bruce Ricard, who took over for Robert Tervo when he retired in August. The board wanted to pay Ricard – a part-time employee - $29,750, but selectmen cut that amount down to $15,696.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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