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New location for finish of zip line
RUMFORD -- Two requests linked to Envision Rumford's Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival set for May 4 were approved Thursday by selectmen.
Jim Rinaldo and Thomas Carey sought permission to do brush and trail work on the town-owned Chisholm Park Trail for the zip line event. The area is where the old bandstand stood.
Rinaldo said they need a safe route for zip line riders to walk up or be carried up on all-terrain vehicles owned by the local ATV club to the town snow dump lot after completing their ride across the Androscoggin River. He said the snow dump currently has a large amount of snow that's not expected to melt until July, which raises safety concerns about walking up it.
He said the trail is a former road that hasn't been used for about 100 years.
Rinaldo said the group will clear out the trail at no charge and install a culvert and gravel provided by the state transportation department. They intend to use a backhoe for the heavy work. "I think that if we can't put that road in, it will cut down on the activity."
Selectmen and Town Manager Carlo Puiia were concerned about volunteers using chain saws and a backhoe and didn't want the town held liable.
Carey said the volunteers are loggers. After more discussion, the board approved the request, provided the group gets approval from Code Enforcement Officer Rick Kent and gets insurance coverage.
In a related matter, a parade permit for the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival was approved.
In the other request, Kevin Kaulback, owner of Hotel Rumford, wants to extend his liquor license to the outside area for the festival.
At first, the board tabled it because Kaulback wasn't at the meeting to answer questions from the board and police Chief Stacy Carter.
Kaulback arrived late in the meeting, however, and the board took up the matter without Carter present.
Kaulback said he needed selectmen's approval before he could go to the state liquor board for permitting. Outside alcohol consumption would be from noon to midnight in a dirt parking lot accessible by going through Hotel Rumford.
He said he would have barricades up preventing people from accessing the location and leaving it to walk in traffic on Canal Street and would get permission from the lot's owner.
Selectmen okayed the extension contingent on Kaulback meeting with Chief Carter and resolving his concerns.
In other business, Public Works Director Andy Russell said summer work projects will include rebuilds of Dragoon and Pennacook roads, overlays on the first part of Burgess Hill and on Royal Avenue. They will also be working on the sidewalks in the downtown.
The board accepted Selectman Jeremy Volkernick's April 10 resignation. Selectman Jeff Sterling said he acknowledged and thanked Volkernick for his service.
Selectmen approved a $4,253.88 bid by The Sign Store & Flag Center of Auburn for three flag poles for the Parks Commission to erect in Rumford Point, Rumford Center and Veterans Park at the end of Congress Street.
Parks and Recreation Department manager Mike Mills said they will wait to install the Rumford Point pole until after the state transportation department constructs the new Route 232 bridge. So instead, the third pole will replace the one of the Memorial Green.
Selectmen approved a $8,759.34 bid by Highway Safety Systems Inc. of Rockland, MA, for the centerline and fog line painting for Public Works.
The board will allow the Peak-A-Week Hiking Group to park after hours at the Information Center parking lot. Puiia said he could create a parking pass for the group to display in their vehicles.
The board also authorized the Rumford ATV Riders Club to use trails across town property by the industrial park, the town garage and Mountain View Annex. This club was established on August 1, 2012.