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Sevigny hired as new rec director
MEXICO -- With little discussion, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the recreation committee's recommendation to hire Wayne Sevigny as their new recreation director.
At the selectmen's Aug. 23 meeting, Rec Committee Chair Mabel Merrill said, "We had quite a few applications. We went through them, interviewed some of them, and he (Sevigny) seems to be what the (rec) board wants."
She noted, "He's willing to put in the time, knowing that he's only going to be paid for 20 hours but probably have to put in more hours. He understands that and is willing to do so."
Selectman Reggie Arsenault asked if the vote by the recreation committee was unanimous. Merrill said it was.
Selectman Byron Ouellette said, "I was at one of the meetings, had a chance to talk to Wayne and hear some of his ideas and all. His wife is going to be very involved in helping him, so I would think it would be a really good choice, a very good choice."
Arsenault asked Merrill if the Friday night rollerskating would be starting soon.
"I'll ask the director," she responded.
In her report to the board, Merrill said the recent professional wrestling match event produced over $500 for the department from the snack bar, with $150 from the 50/50 to go towards towards for the rec park. Upcoming pro wrestling events are slated for Oct. 8 and Nov. 12 at the rec center.
She said committee member Todd Wardwell has been removing the old pylons at the Recreation Park because they are unsightly, have to be mowed around and have hornet nests in them. They will be replaced with signs.
Arsenault cautioned past history indicated that the pylons helped because of a problem in keeping vehicles off the fields.
In other business, the board voted to hire Sue Milligan of Rumford as the acting animal control officer for 18 weeks while Mexico's ACO, Anne Simmons-Edmunds, is unavailable.
Simmons-Edmunds is a Dixfield police officer who is attending the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, said Madigan.
Selectmen agreed to hire C.H. Stevenson to start reconstruction work on the last mile of Backkingdom Road and work back toward town. Madigan said the middle and front sections will be done next year and the entire road paved. The town could also save $45,000 if its highway department does the loaming and seeding.
The board voted to sell the Yanush Drive property to Joseph Patneaude for $7,500 after two attempts at advertising the property failed to produce any bids. When asked what he intends to do with it, Patneaude said he plans to "fix it up and put someone in there. It looks like it needs a lot of love."
Selectmen accepted a bid of $10,285 to fix the roof at the recreation center. “The sealant on the seams is starting to crack and water is getting in,” said Madigan.
The board also voted to purchase a one-ninth page ad for $354 for the Paper Talks Magazine as they did last year. A number of Korean veterans will be featured in the magazine, which is due out the third week in September. The town office will receive 125 copies.