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Hodsdon named interim police chief
MEXICO -- Leaving no doubt as to who will replace retiring Police Chief Jim Theriault, the Board of Selectmen will be naming Lt. Roy Hodsdon to that post.
Following an executive session at their meeting on Sept. 24, selectmen voted unanimously to name Hodsdon as the interim police chief. Theriault will be retiring in January. The action of interim police chief will not mean a pay raise for Hodsdon.
Board Chairman Richie Philbrick said that while this demonstrates a show of support for Hodsdon, they made him aware the role will be more clearly defined in the future through the budget process.
In other business, Town Manager John Madigan, who is also the road commissioner, said that parts of the Backkingdom Road area, damaged by rains in late June and early July by 11 inches of rain over a four-day period, is ready for base pavement from contractor Bruce Manzer, around $11,000.
The highway department has repaired washouts in several areas and lowered a culvert and other repairs, none of which can be covered by Federal Emergency Management Administration funds because the damage was limited to this area.
There were two bids received for the fuel bid. Selectmen awarded the low bid from Community Energy at a rate of 11.25 cents per gallon over rack price. Madigan said this is the same price they offered last year, when they supplied fuel to six town buildings, which is somewhere between 22,000 and 24,000 gallons.
There were also two bids for winter sand. The low bid was first-time bidder Clinton G. Bradbury at $7.65 per cubic yard, or $22,950 for 3,000 half-inch screen delivered, compared to last year's supplier, Archie's, Inc., which bid $25,080.
Selectman George Byam wanted to have Madigan and Foreman John Blais check out Bradbury's pit to make sure it met specifications.
However, during the discussion, Bradbury entered the meeting and noted that his pit was not only registered by the state, but was one that Archie's had used for some time to supply sand to towns.
That was good enough for Byam, who withdrew his request for the inspection and motion for the board to approve the Bradbury bid. It was seconded and approved.
Selectmen approved allowing Roxbury to join in the ladder truck agreement with Mexico and Rumford. Rumford earlier approved the measure.
Mexico Fire Chief Gary Wentzell said Roxbury would be paying about $1,200 per year towards the maintenance and replacement costs of the truck, or about 3.64 percent. Mexico would save about $200 and Rumford the remaining $1,000.
The board accepted the recommendation of the Planning Board to approve the mobile home park and mobile home ordinance and to present it to the voters at the Nov. 5 election.
Madigan noted that they will need to schedule a public hearing at least 10 days before the vote.
The board approved a request for a request by Rumford VFW Post 1641 for a toll road on Friday for Poppy Day. Proceeds from this event benefit children of active duty servicemen.
When asked why this wasn't requested in Rumford, the answer given was that toll roads are not permitted in Rumford.
Board Chairman Richie Philbrick was reappointed as a voting delegate for the Maine Municipal Association convention, with Selectman Reggie Arsenault as the alternate.