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Town of Rumford food drive
RUMFORD -- All departments in the Town of Rumford are combining on a food drive, and they are inviting the public to participate as well.
At the Nov. 17 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, they discussed a letter from Reggie Arsenault requesting that the town make a donation to the
Greater Rumford Area Ministers and Priests Association (GRAMPA), which serves Rumford, Mexico and the Rt. 17 side of Roxbury and Byron.
In lieu of a monetary donation, the board decided they would donate items collected from the food drive to GRAMPA. Selectman Jolene Lovejoy asked that the public participate as well.
Noting that for every dollar donated, GRAMPA can receive 16 pounds of food from the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, there will also be a can available for monetary donations to GRAMPA.
In other business, selectmen voted unanimously to restrict parking to one side only on Hancock Street.
In his motion, Selectman Jeff Sterling said the plan is to shift the yellow center line toward the west side of the street from Lincoln Avenue to Sagadahoc Avenue and to paint parking lanes on the east side of the street south from Strafford Avenue toward Lincoln and north along the straightaway.
Board Chairman Greg Buccina said it would prevent traffic from crossing the center line to run the gauntlet between vehicles parked on either side of Hancock Street, especially during functions at Hosmer Field.
Approved was the low bid of $1,700 by Kevin Cormier of Rumford to do construction work on the front stairs of the Rumford Public Library.
Selectmen gave approval of a capital fund and five-year plan for the library, which board members said is subject to change.
The total amount, less available funds, is $214,366, an average of $42,873 per year.
The plan includes the following:
* Fascia/soffit (roofing), $2,500; front entrance/lower level pointing, $3,300; weatherization, $9,000; and energy efficient lighting, $6,300; for a year total of $21,100.
* Heating/furnace, $25,000;
* Sewer/bathroom, $45,000;
* Repair foundation/pointing, $50,000;
* Elevator, $100,000;
“I'm sorry to see these things are going to take five years. We can't wait five years for some of these like that bathroom and sewer system. I think these are things we can be cited for, ” said Selectman Jolene Lovejoy.
Selectmen will hold a goal setting workshop on Dec. 8. Questions include: what issues is the town facing? What projects need to be accomplished?
What goals need to be accomplished over the next five years? What is a reasonable timeline? Who is responsible for each goal or project?
Also discussed will be reasons to set goals, the annual review and maintenance.
As for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements to Rumford for damage to roads in late August from Tropical Storm Irene, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said that in the past four weeks, checks totaling $101,851 have been received.
“They've kind of dribbled in and we're expecting another one next week for $37,000. What they try and do is monitor what you're doing because you're not going to get the money until it's really repaired,” he said.
The money received so far doesn't have anything to do with the planned box culvert for Swain Road over Bean Brook.
The board changed the date of a special town meeting to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Rumford Falls Auditorium. The item will be a boxed culvert to go in where the temporary logging bridge is located over a washout created by Bean Brook on the Swain Road from Tropical Storm Irene.
The regular selectmen's meeting will follow at 7.