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Town to update comprehensive plan
RUMFORD -- At their Oct. 20 meeting, the Board of Selectmen approved an agreement with John Maloney of the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments to update the town's comprehensive plan.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the cost for a comprehensive plan will be somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 and would be good for 10 to 12 years.
The board agreed to pay $12,500 out of the designated funds for planning, with the remainder to be paid in the next fiscal cycle.
Answering a question from Kevin Saisi, Puiia noted that Maloney will be working with a comprehensive planning committee. The responsibility for selecting that committee rests with the Planning Board. To date, three citizens have applied to become members of this committee.
In August, the Swain Road culverts at Bean Brook were taken out by Tropical Storm Irene. To ensure that won't happen again, selectmen voted unanimously Thursday to approve a bid of $99,855 by George Roberts Precast Concrete Products of Alfred for a 5x12-foot wide concrete box culvert.
Selectmen then voted to hold a special town meeting to authorize use of the undesignated fund balance money to buy and install the culvert. Puiia said despite the more expensive box culvert, there is a chance federal and state monies will come back to the town to help pay for the measures taken to mitigate future storm claims in this area.
Puiia said that Main Land Development engineers recommended that the town upgrade to the box culvert for this location.
“I would really like to expedite this, because we all know winter's coming and we've got to do something,” said Selectman Jeremy Volkernick.
Puiia responded thus is a pre-fabbed concrete box that takes a crane to set them in place. “When you install something like this, it's installed very fast. But when said and done, it will be a good system.”
The board unanimously approved including a non-binding straw poll questionnaire on the Nov. 8 warrant to evaluate the result of the vote on the proposed wind energy facility ordinance.
After a majority of voters nixed two proposed wind ordinances in two years, selectmen want some guidance from voters should they also defeat the third ordinance.
“An ordinance has been defeated twice and we don't know why it was,” said Selectman Jolene Lovejoy, who sought placement of such a questionnaire on the ballot.
Board Chairman Greg Buccina read a list of reasons on the document that Puiia drafted one or more of which can be checked by voters should they choose.
* The ordinance was too restrictive.
* The ordinance was sufficient.
* The ordinance was not restrictive enough.
* I support having wind power in Rumford.
* I do not support having wind power in Rumford.
* None of the above.
There will also be room for comments.
Puiia said that if voters don't approve the third proposal, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection wind power regulations would cover such development in Rumford. He said he may include this information so voters understand what would happen. However, should the ordinance get defeated again, selectmen could try to create another proposal.
There will also be a straw poll question asking voters if they favor the idea of forming a Charter Commission. Information of why there is a need for a Charter Commission will be included. If people favor this, then the question will be placed on the June ballot as an action item.
Approved was a Texas Hold 'em event on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Black Mountain. General Manager Jim Carter said this is a fundraiser for the Ski Patrol.
A taxi cab license was approved for Courtesy Cab under the new ownership of John Merchant, Jr.
Approved was measure to begin the winter parking ban on the first snowstorm.