Protect the library property
To the Editor:
Could Rumford lose the land the Rumford Public Library is sitting on if the selectmen vote to give part of the land to Tom Carey for a commercial enterprise?
In 1903, an agreement was made between Hugh J. Chisholm, president of the Rumford Falls Power Co., to give the Town of Rumford a parcel of land for one dollar to be used for a public library. This land can only be used for a library, according to the terms written in the deed.
The deed, on file in the town office, states the following: The above described premises is the be used solely for public park purposes, to be known as "Chisholm Park" and should it or any part thereof be abandoned as a public park or used for any other purpose, then this conveyance shall be null and void and said premises shall revert to the said Rumford Falls Power Co., its successors and assigns.
If the Rumford selectmen decide to give Tom Carey part of the library property for one dollar, it could potentially be a violation of the terms of this deed and is clearly a violation of Hugh Chisholm's intent. Therefore, Rumford could lose the land where our public library is located.
To protect the library property, the citizens of Rumford must vote "no" on addendum items #44, #45 and #46 at the town business meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Mountain Valley High School auditorium.
For more information, go to facebook.com/SaveRumfordsRiverfront.
Rumford Library Board of Trustees