Code office team busy with Gorham boom

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Gorham Code Enforcement Officer Freeman Abbott, left, and his new assistant Thomas Hohn of Long Island.

GORHAM — Filling a vacant spot, Thomas Hohn is the town’s new assistant code officer and building inspector.

Hohn joined the code office team in mid January. “He’s doing a great job,” Code Enforcement Officer Freeman Abbott said.

The Gorham post marks the first code enforcement job for Hohn, a former subcontractor. “I absolutely love it,” Hohn said.

The town has been described as one of the fastest growing communities in the state. One recent request seeks Planning Board permission to develop a 121-lot residential subdivision off South Street.

“It’s booming,”  Abbott said.

Abbott said Friday the office had issued 901 permits since last July for a variety of projects including buildings, electrical and plumbing. “We’ll have over 1,000,” Abbott said about the current fiscal year.

Hohn agreed it has been busy and credits the other team members with keeping him on track as he learns about Gorham and its roads.

In the code office, he joins Zoning Administrator David Galbraith, Administrative Assistant Angela Fall and Abbott. “Everyone is so nice, so welcoming,” he said.

Hohn, 45, lives in the town of Long Island in Casco Bay. He’s married and has two adult children.

A native of upstate New York, he’s lived on Long Island 12 years. “I was a selectman there six years,” Hohn said.

Abbott has been the town’s code enforcement officer for several years. He started in 2005 at first as the assistant for Clint Cushman and he later worked for David Twomey.

Hohn succeeds Scott Dvorak who is now the code enforcement officer in Raymond.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or rlowell@keepmecurrent.com