Livermore could save money with new power supplier

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LIVERMORE — Paperwork has been submitted to change the town’s electricity supplier from the standard offer on the Central Maine Power Co. bill to Electricity Maine, town Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub said Thursday.

At a previous board meeting, Selectperson John Wakefield suggested the change as an opportunity to save money.

According to Electricity Maine’s website, the town will save 5 percent on the cost of electricity from March through December, he said.

In other business at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectpersons:

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* Schaub said Highway Department Foreman Roger Ferland was successful in pursuing a warranty issue with the 2010 International plow truck.

Part of the electronic dashboard panel on the truck went blank at times. The dealership was notified several times of the problem prior to the warranty expiring, he said.

The dealership checked it out a couple of times and reported that it couldn’t replicate the problem and couldn’t find anything wrong, Schaub said.

Well over a year ago, Ferland, who was a truck driver for the town at the time, took a photo of the dashboard with a portion of it blanked out. It was recently discovered that the photo was date-stamped.

Ferland was frustrated with the situation and when he was researching other trucks with another International dealer, the representative from that dealership told Ferland there had been similar problems with that type of dash.

The representative researched Livermore’s truck service information and discovered that the other dealership had never noted the problems and complaints on the service record, Schaub said.

Ferland went to the owner of the dealership from which the town bought the 2010 truck and showed him the date-stamped photo of the dash with nonworking gauges and a service invoice showing that it was in their shop within days of the photo being taken. The dashboard and a couple of other items under warranty were fixed, Schaub said.

For the dashboard alone, the part would have cost the town about $2,800 to buy, not including labor to repair, he said.

* Schaub said he reported to the board that as of Monday, 23 properties were at risk of foreclosure for unpaid 2010 taxes.

The foreclosure deadline is Friday, March 9. No personal checks for unpaid taxes will be accepted after Friday, Feb. 24, he said.

Payments after that date must be cash, bank check or U.S. Postal Service money order, he said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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