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Joint study seeks town employee feedback
RUMFORD -- At the Oct. 1 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Carlo Puiia the joint study of Rumford and Mexico is now underway.
He said he and Mexico Town Manager John Madigan met with Municipal Resource Inc. President Don Jutton and former Dixfield Town Manager Carol Granfield. "So we got the ball rolling on this joint study we're looking at to hopefully find ways to regionalize or share services.
He said the meeting went very well. Each town employee will receive a circular asking some questions and looking for feedback. "That's the next step in our process."
"I know he's (Jutton) is going to supply us with a contract for the two towns...We will probably have our contract ready for our next meeting on Oct. 17. So we're off to a good start. I'm very optimistic about us taking on this kind of task," said Puiia.
In a correspondance dated on Sept. 23, Jutton said they expect the initial part of the $24,000 study will take about 120 days to complete. This will include 60 to 80 hours of management level interviews and related followup; 50 to 80 hours of research and analysis; 60 to 80 hours of operational observations and facility inspections; 40 to 50 hours of writing and editing; and 20 hours for presentations plus travel and overnight accommodations.
In other business, there will be a special town meeting on Oct. 17 to reset the due dates for the collection of property taxes.
Puiia noted, "The reason is because we couldn't commit our property taxes because we haven't passed a budget. We had set the dates for Oct. 1, which is today, so we have to amend that. The good thing about this is that hopefully, the budget will pass next Tuesday, but if it does not, at that meeting, we can still amend that date."
Selectmen voted to appoint Michael Peter Chase, Amy Bernard and Kevin Saisi to the town's Charter Commission. The votes were 4-0 with Selectman Frank DiConzo abstaining.
The Charter Commission will have nine members, Puiia said. Selectmen have authority to appoint three of the residents who submitted applications. The remaining six will be elected Nov. 5.
“As far as I know, at least two of the applicants who were not appointed tonight will also be on the Nov. 5 ballot,” Puiia said.
Selectmen unanimously voted to approve DiConzo as warden for the Nov. 5 election, and Selectman Jeff Sterling as deputy warden.