Charter hearing to precede board meeting for proposed changes

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RUMFORD — Aside from convening a charter hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday,  selectmen will discuss several matters at their meeting at 7 p.m

The charter hearing is an annual proceeding to allow residents a chance to propose changes and to have questions about the charter answered by selectmen.

Agenda items under old business include a request for loading-zone parking spaces on Lowell Street and approval of a question for the June town meeting warrant. It asks voters what they want done with the library.

At the board’s April 15 meeting, Jim Rinaldo said Child Development Services is moving into the Technology Center and needs an unloading zone. Discussion was tabled pending further information from Town Manager Carlo Puiia and Public Works Superintendent Andy Russell, who were asked to review the site.

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At that same meeting, Selectman Greg Buccina motioned to have Puiia draft a question about the library, asking town meeting voters if they want to build a new library, build an addition on the library, or repair the library to make it compliant with codes.

Selectman Jeff Sterling wanted the question placed before voters in November; Selectman Frank DiConzo wanted the vote in June, which was approved by a 3-2 vote.

Under new business at Thursday night’s meeting in Rumford Falls Auditorium, the board is asked to:

• Adopt the budget for 2010-11.

• Approve any proposed charter changes, which would then go before voters in June.

• Approve the annual town meeting warrant.

• Consider a request to hold flea markets in Strathglass Park.

• Approve funding for a grant Web site.

• Consider a request from Sons of Italy to hold poker tournaments this year.

• Approve a radio tower bid.

• Consider Public Works request to replace a pickup truck.

• Consider a request for an Urban Development Action Grant loan from River Valley Growth Council.

• Consider a request to amend the Business Park lease vote of April 1.

Additionally, there are two executive sessions scheduled. The first involves economic development with Puiia and Linda Walbridge, the director of the Western Maine Economic Development Council; the second, union negotiations with Puiia, fire Chief Bob Chase and town lawyer Thomas Carey.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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