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Dixfield declines regionalization
DIXFIELD- At Monday night’s meeting, Selectmen authorized Town Manager, Linda Pagels-Wentworth, to move forward with research on AVCOG’s LEAN program in order to help the town find ways of improving productivity and cutting costs.
“I don’t necessarily agree with going in with Rumford and Mexico right now in their attempts at regionalization,” stated Selectman Dana Whittemore. “I don’t want to be caught in the middle of their issues. I want a program that will fit our needs as a town.”
Other selectmen agreed unanimously that they would decline the invitation to join Rumford and Mexico to see where things took them, and to see what the LEAN program will cost Dixfield and see what they can do on their own for the time being.
Pagels-Wentworth noted that the cost wouldn’t be more than $6,000, but she was researching ways to cut that down even further, stating that she would really like for safety issues to be one of the top ranking items the town has looked at by the program, but there are many ways they could take advantage of the program.
Selectmen will fund the study from reserve funds that have been carried over from previous years.
The next selectmen’s meeting will be held downstairs of Ludden Memorial Library on October 7 at 5:30 p.m.