Dixfield board votes to switch power companies

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DIXFIELD — Selectmen voted to change the town’s electricity supplier to Maine Power Options during Monday night’s meeting.

Eugene Skibitsky, town manager, said he researched multiple choices and felt the best deal was through Maine Power Options.

Skibitsky said locking in under current rates for the water, sewer and municipal accounts could save the town close to $4,900 a year.

Selectmen were asked to decide on the length of the contract and some concerns were raised.

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Skibitsky said depending on how the market goes, it could help or hinder the town. Selectman Malcolm Gill agreed with Skibitsky.

“It’s a shot in the dark,” he said.

Selectman Steve Donahue said judging by past trends, he doubts that the rates will decrease, and Selectman Bob Withrow said even if the rates dropped, they wouldn’t stay down for long.

The board selected to sign a contract for 33 months.

Selectmen also approved a contract with Wright-Pierce, an engineering company that has several offices in New England, to design sidewalks as part of the federal Safe Routes to School grant.

The town received the grant back in November to build a sidewalk from the RSU 10 central office on Nash Street to the Dirigo Middle School on Weld Street.

Skibitsky said the price from Wright-Pierce was higher than what the purposed budget called for but remained under 10 percent, which was acceptable according to the grant.

Selectmen also learned they had been invited to two separate meetings from Peru and Canton concerning issues that related to Dixfield.

Canton invited the board to join them at a public information meeting on March 1 on the Canton Wind Project.

Skibitsky said Dixfield was one of the abutting towns and felt it was important the town was aware of the project.

Peru selectmen invited the Dixfield selectmen to join them and other towns at the RSU 10 board meeting after the selectmen’s meeting Monday night.

A letter was sent to the town of Dixfield by the Peru selectmen saying they were concerned about recent budget increases within the school district.

ecox@sunjournal.com

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