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Traffic light to operate soon
RUMFORD -- The street light at Memorial Bridge, which has been blinking since Tropical Storm Irene, should be back in operation soon, according to Town Manager Carlo Puiia.
At the selectmen's meeting Thursday, Puiia said parts have been ordered and will be installed by a retired man who has repaired the light before. He said the man does not charge for his labor; the only cost to the town is the parts.
"It keeps getting hit by lightning. It's an older light. It should be replaced eventually," noted Puiia.
In other business, Selectman Brad Adley noted that with fireworks becoming legal in Maine on Jan. 1, should the board be looking at developing an ordinance for "local control?"
Board Chairman Greg Buccina responded that this issue is on the radar and may be considered in April when the town holds their ordinance hearing.
Last July, Governor Paul LePage signed a bill today that will legalize the sale, possession and use of fireworks.
He said he is glad that Mainers will spend there money here instead of crossing the border to New Hampshire.
The legislation does set some guidelines. Consumer fireworks must be stored in a building exclusively used for the storage and sale of fireworks. The building must meet all fire safety and building codes.
Police Chief Stacy Carter said they're received a Homeland Security Grant to replace the antenna and cable for their dispatching console, the final step to making them narrow band compliant. There is no town match required, but the grant is for equipment only. The labor costs will come out of the capital budget.
Resident Kevin Saisi asked the board to consider using some of their available economic development dollars and work with the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments to set up workshops to work on a strategic plan for the town.
Selectmen tabled action about possibly restricting parking along Hancock Street to their next meeting on Nov. 17.
Because Hancock Street is Route 120, the board wants to hear from an official from the Maine Department of Transportation at that meeting. At issue is the stretch from Lincoln Avenue to Mountain Valley High School, along which are apartments and residences and a new 18-apartment complex being built.
At the prior meeting, Buccina began the discussion a person on Hancock Street told him that when vehicles park on both sides, drivers traveling between the vehicles cross the centerline to maneuver around them.
However, Hancock Street apartment owner Ed Ziko of Mexico, said there hasn't been a school bus accident along that stretch due to parking on both sides since the school was built 42 years ago. He suggested selectmen leave the issue alone.
Adley, who asked if parking spaces or a breakdown lane should be painted along the street to get them closer to the curb, suggested having the RSU 10 transportation director share insight from the perspective of school bus drivers at the Nov. 17 meeting.
Also discussed was the concern of motorists entering Hancock Street from Stratford Avenue, usually when exiting from Hannaford. When vehicles park near the exit of Stratford, often cars have to nose nearly halfway into the street to see traffic.
Buccina said the board should also officially invite Hancock Street residents to hear their opinions.
The board approved the town report bid by Park Street Press of $597. This business has done Rumford's town reports for the past three years.
Selectmen appointed Tracy Wing, who is certified as an animal control officer in Canton, as an alternate animal control officer for Rumford.