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Rumford to buy utility truck
RUMFORD -- Surprised by what was accepted in trade for two pickups in disrepair, selectmen Thursday approved the purchase of a 2011 four-wheel drive half-ton pickup to be shared among three departments.
At their meeting Thursday, the board voted 3-1 (Greg Buccina was against, Brad Adley was absent) to purchase the vehicle was bidder O'Connor GMC at $12,196, which Town Manager Carlo Puiia said was about half price with the trade-in.
"We were surprised with what they gave us for a trade-in," noted Puiia, adding that the purchase is part of the capital plan, so monies were available for this purchase.
The pickup will be used by the fire and police departments, and by Rick Kent, the code enforcement officer.
Traded will be an early 1990's pickup acquired through a drug seizure that Fire Chief Bob Chase said recently lost its rear end, and a former plow truck converted to a utility vehicle for use with fire and police that has lost its transmission and needs a new head gasket.
Chase said the new pickup will be stored at the fire station, adding that the fire department will likely get the most use of it. Duties will include gathering gear for junior firefighters and taking needed equipment as requested to fire scenes.
In other business, all the selectmen present, as well as the town manager, publicly thanked Jin Nicols of Nicols Bros. Logging for donating the use of his logging bridge over a damaged section of Swain Road caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Selectmen approved a town harvesting plan they hired Brian Milligan to make on three parcels of town-owned land, asking him to also access town-owned land located behind the highway garage.
In his inventory assessment report, Milligan said partial harvest on the three lots over a one- to two-year period would yield the town an estimated $129,500, depending on the wood market.
Selectmen approved a request by Bob Stickney for the annual snowmobile grant application for the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club. This is done through the municipality, but is at no cost to the town.
He said the grant reimburses the club for maintaining 90 miles of snowmobile trails, 56 of which are municipal trails. In an unrelated matter, Stickney said their trails sustained a total of $25,000 in damage over 13 sites as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.
The board approved the route for the Mountain Valley High School homecoming parade, which will begin from the high school at 5 p.m. on Friday, go down Hancock Street, up Waldo Street and down to Hosmer Field.
Approved was a time change for restricted parking on Lincoln Avenue by the Rumford Elementary School. Puiia said the two signs presently read no parking between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but that meant parents could not park there to drop their kids off or pick them up. It will now be changed to no parking from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Puiia elaborated that the intent of the no parking was to prevent all-day parking in front of the school.