Proffered gift honors Skroski
PHIPPSBURG — The Board of Selectmen this evening will consider accepting a $500 donation to the town’s Goodwill Account in honor of Phippsburg Police Chief John Skroski.
The donation offer comes from Topsham resident Beryl McPherson. She formerly lived in Phippsburg with her husband, Kenneth, who died in 2008.
In a Feb. 7 letter to selectmen, McPherson wrote of Skroski’s March 2011 role in the rescue of two women stranded on Fox Island off Popham Beach.
Clad in a wetsuit, Skroski carried wetsuits for the women to the island and saved a 50-year-old Georgia woman and her teenage daughter.
For those acts, Skroski was honored Feb. 3 with the Maine Association of Police Heroism Award.
McPherson wrote that her donation was made “to help our Phippsburg friends when they need assistance, as John did so well last March, and it is a tribute to him and all our town friends who helped us so many times because they are so caring about others.”
The Goodwill Account assists Phippsburg families with basic necessities such as heating fuel, food, medicine and electricity if their income exceeds limits of the general assistance program or if their emergency is something not covered by that program, according to Town Administrator Mike Young.
Approximately $15,600 has been donated during the past 4.5 years, Young said.
Other agenda items include:
— Meeting with the Budget Committee and Patten Free Library director Lesley Dolinger to discuss Phippsburg funding alternatives for Patten Free Library.
— Meeting with Ed Skillin concerning his complaints against Health Officer David Barnes.
— Consider accepting a $300 donation from Ann and Kent Mohnkern to the Goodwill Account.
— Consider the appointment of Richard Spear to the Historic Preservation Commission.
Following the regular meeting, the board will hold a workshop on the personnel manual.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Phippsburg Town Office, 1042 Main Road.