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Rinaldo is Rumford's Citizen of the Year
RUMFORD -- Selectmen Thursday selected longtime economic development volunteer Jim Rinaldo as Rumford's Citizen of the Year.
Citizens submitted two names for the honor.
Richard Allen, president of the River Valley Growth Council, nominated Rinaldo. He wrote, "Jim has been our most active board member in the area of economic development. Jim has dedicated countless hours of his own time for the economic effort of Rumford and the River Valley region."
Also nominated was Richard Breau, owner of the Mountain Valley Variety. In his written nomination, Robert H. Worthley said, "Hundreds of area people have gone to Turner and Auburn to get gas as the price was 12 to 15 cents a gallon cheaper that the Rumford area. They also spent their money in stores and restaurants there. The fixed price of dealers in the area hurt businesses. Mr. Breau has made sacrifices for area people by making gas prices the lowest in the state so people come to Rumford and shop there. Mr. Breau has made a great service to all the people of this area and I, for one, deeply appreciate that."
Selectmen also asked Town Manager Carlo Puiia to send Breau a letter of appreciation for his effort to hold down fuel prices.
In other business, selectmen recently were given an hour-long tour of the town library by Luke Sorensen, library director and head librarian, along with three library trustees. The purpose was to let them see firsthand the most critical needs of the 108-year-old library.
Sorensen said needs included the need for more energy-efficient lighting, proper and thorough weatherization, a more efficient furnace (to replace the 30-plus-year existing one), an additional bathroom (there is only one), an elevator, and a pitched roof to replace the flat roof over the 1967 addition.
He said the library also did a needs assessment of what needs to be done and they have come up with a capital fund and a draft five-year plan, which includes expenditures of $249,000.
Puiia said, "There are buildings that the town owns and we should be responsible for taking care of them. It was a very positive meeting between the board of trustees and the selectmen."
Board Chairman Greg Buccina said the needs of the library will be placed on a future agenda for "ideas and a path forward."
He added that selectmen will also be seeking input from citizens on this matter.
Selectmen unanimously approved approved upcoming work to Strathglass Park on the gate entrance and 100 feet of the front wall to York Street.
Phil Blampied of the Strathglass Park Preservation Society said money for the work was raised through private donors. They will also do some landscaping work at the front gate.
A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, to discuss extending the wind power moratorium, which expires on July 25.
Puiia said they could only extend the moratorium if they agreed that a problem exists, and then they would have to work to resolve the problem during the moratorium.
Voters have rejected back-to-back wind ordinances during repeated moratoriums. If they do not extend the moratorium to try again, wind developers can push forward with projects.