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Mexico to build Fourth of July float
MEXICO -- Selectmen here approved the concept of building a float for next year's Fourth of July. Now, it's up to citizens to help the project come to fruition.
At their meeting on Nov. 23, the board received a letter from Greg Buccina of the River Valley Fourth of July Celebration Committee asking that Mexico and the other nine towns of the River Valley each create a float. The theme of the parade will be one about the nation's independence, but the hope is that each of the towns will also demonstrate what is unique about their town.
The floats will then be featured in a parade ending up at the Hosmer Field Complex, where a Fourth of July celebration will take place, filled with music, vendors, games and culminating with the fireworks display.
Barbara Laramee, chairman of the board, said they are now looking to form a committee to work on this project. "We're looking for ideas and donations."
One businessman, Selectman Byron Ouellette, offered financial support in exchange for a sign on the float.
In other business, selectmen set a joint meeting with the Water District trustees and Sewer District trustees, held yesterday, to plan an application for a federal grant that could ensure new sewer and water lines for three town streets.
Madigan said the three boards will receive an update from engineering firm A.E. Hodsdon of Waterville, as well.
Mexico is in the process of a major local road improvement program financed by a $2.9 million bond.
Madigan said the town is applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant that, combined with other funds, would enable the installation of water and sewer lines on South Main and Alder streets, and water lines on a portion of Osgood Avenue.
The utilities project is part of an overall $1.4 million upgrade for the three streets. Once the utility lines are installed, the streets will be reconstructed and paved.
Madigan said it also must be determined if the majority of people in the 62 residences on all three street meet the criteria for low and moderate income, a criteria for the grant monies. Helping to compile the date is the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments.
The three boards must submit a letter of intent to apply for the CBDG funds no later than Dec. 3. If the grant is received, work will begin in the spring.