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"Papo" honored by selectman
RUMFORD -- Amadeo "Papo" Rosario was walking with his dog, Choco, on May 12 when he noticed something at the Rumford Avenue side of the walking bridge.
He thought it might be valuable, so he contacted Rumford Selectwoman Jolene Lovejoy.
Lovejoy, speaking at the board meeting on May 16, continued. "Knowing that his own transportation was bike, I said I would come down and get you and take whatever it is you found down to the police department."
She later realized they were the two plaques that had been stolen from the Blue Ox. One was about the Blue Ox and the other was about Paul Bunyan. They had been donated generously by Franklin Savings Bank.
Lovejoy noted that Rosario, who is deaf, has lived in Rumford for the past eight years.
Jim Rinaldo, who led the effort for the Blue Ox, then presented Rosario with a gift card to Dunkin' Donuts. "We definitely appreciate what he did."
That was followed by deserved applause.
The presentation can be viewed in a video on You Tube titled, "Receiving an award from Selectwoman Jolene Lovejoy."
In other business, selectmen voted unanimously with a request by Police Chief Stacy Carter to submit an application for a school resource officer.
Carter said the application is being made with RSU 10 for the grant, which would be for $125,000. At the last meeting two weeks
earlier, he stated that the Community Oriented Policing Services grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that would pay three years of salary and benefits for a police officer, with the town picking up the fourth year.
However, he has since learned that the grant will not cover the three years, meaning more of a local match. Carter asked RSU 10 if they "kick in" for some of the cost, but he said he was told they could not approve paying for a police officer if they are laying off teachers.
Carter said there is a pretty quick turnaround in the grants. If they were to win a win, it would become contingent on approval by voters at the special town meeting. If approved, also required would be a memorandum of understanding from RSU 10 to place an officer in the schools.
Having a school resource officer would be a good addition to the DARE program that's alreayd in place, said Carter, adding that if approved, the person in this post would regularly visit not only the high school and elementary school in Rumford, with the middle school and elementary school in Mexico.
If the program is not approved this year, Carter said grants for the program will likely be offered again next year. He indicated that with more time, maybe he could "broker a deal with the school department."
The program was turned down last year because the duration of the grant was a problem due to rules in the town's Charter. However, that issue has since been rectified.
Selectmen approved a request from the Mahoosuc Land Trust for in-kind services to help build a river access in Rumford Center on the Androscoggin.
The board approved the low of $5,130 from American Shoring Inc. of Newburgh, NY, for a four-sided trench box for Public Works
Puiia said Public Works Superintendent Andy Russell also got a $2,000 grant to assist with the trench box purchase. The department only has the old-style, two-sided trench boxes. This replaces an old one that will be scapped.
Also approved was a bid of $277,523.10 from Bruce Manzer for warm mix asphalt.