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Charter change proposed
RUMFORD -- For a number of reasons, selectmen want the option to appoint a town attorney who don't necessarily live in Rumford. However, it will take voter approval of a proposed change in November to make that possible.
Last month, selectmen Jeremy Volkernick and Jolene Lovejoy said they wanted an attorney experienced with Maine municipalities. Further, they said they also wanted an attorney who specializes in tax increment financing for a more cost-effective approach.
Earlier, selectmen proposed the creation of three tax-increment financing districts in town to grow economic development.
The issue right now is that the charter restricts appointments to lawyers who live in Rumford.
In other charter matters, Town Manager Carlo Puiia, reading from the charter, said nomination petitions for elective offices must be filed with the town clerk no sooner than 45 days and not later than 30 days prior to such election.
However, he said state law requires absentee ballots to go out to voters 30 days prior to the vote, which is why people taking out papers are always told to get their papers in early.
In other business, Lovejoy referenced a letter to the editor by Arthur Boivin that she read in the current issue of the Rumford Falls Times which eluded that that the company that intended to buy the co-generation plant from NewPage backed out because of the defeat of the last wind ordinance vote. The loss of the Rumford project has caused Re-energy, Inc. to reconsider that purchase and the consequence of the sale falling through has put the mill in a position of considering bankruptcy.
She asked Town Manager Carlo Puiia if there was any truth to Boivin's statement.
Puiia said he also read that letter. "I'm not aware of any connection of delays with that deal with the reasons that were cited. It was my understanding that it had to do with a lot of the issues the mill is facing with refinancing of its debt."
Sterling asked that an item be placed on an upcoming agenda to revisit the discussion about the town paying a stipend for an economic developer. A motion had been made at an earlier meeting to pay a stipend but the measure was turned down by a majority of the board.
He said he felt they need to fund an economic developer if they're going to compete in other towns for prospective businesses.
Selectmen approved statewide police authority for Rumford police Capt. Daniel Garbarini and Detective Sgt. James Bernard.
Chief Stacy Carter said Maine law requires board approval to allow the two detectives to build cases in other jurisdiction suspects who commit crimes in Rumford but live elsewhere.
A wind ordinance workshop, which will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Rumford Falls Auditorium.