Board discusses leasing former superintendent’s building

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MEXICO — Selectmen began discussions for the possible lease of a portion of the former SAD 43 superintendent’s building during a closed session at Wednesday’s board meeting.

They also approved an agreement with the state Department of Conservation for construction of a boat launch for the Androscoggin River.

Town Manager John Madigan said a social service agency is interested in leasing about a quarter of the space available in the two-story building next to the Mexico Recreation Center. He said the agency wants to set up its offices at the site by June 1. Madigan declined to name the company. He said a special selectmen’s meeting will likely be set once the two sides have come to an agreement.

The building reverted to the town when SAD 43 merged with two nearby districts to form Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 last year.

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He said the town will continue to search for a buyer for the property.

A new boat launch for the Androscoggin River will likely be ready for public use sometime this summer. A 12- by 70-foot launch pad will be built at the rear of the town office along Riverside Avenue. The cost for the launch will be paid by the state. The town’s match is the adjacent parking area.

The only other public boat launch in the town is on the Swift River. It is under the Red Bridge that connects Mexico and Rumford. Brookfield Power paid for the launch.

In other matters:

• Selectmen approved spending $7,750 to pave Hemlock and Lufkin streets. That work is part of a bigger project that includes finishing Swett Avenue, Mount and Dalton streets. Most of the money for the road projects will come from a bond the town recently obtained. Madigan said bids for the reconstruction of Mexico Avenue will be opened May 19.

• Madigan was nominated for another two-year term on the Maine Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee. Two people from each county sit on the committee.

• Selectmen voted to put five tax-acquired properties out to bid. Tax liens go back to 1997 on one or more of them. They include land and buildings on Parker Street, Howard Street, Osgood Avenue and Granite Street, and land and a mobile home on the Roxbury Road.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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