Mechanic Falls gears up for busy June 26


MECHANIC FALLS — Historical Society President Erics Petersons told the Town Council this week that plans for a Community Celebration Day have evolved rapidly in the past six weeks.

“Plans for June 26th have just taken off,” Petersons said. “We have heard from about every organization and business in town.”

The events and participants listed by Petersons included:

• The Pottle Hill 10K road race, already planned for June 26, was the reason that date was chosen as the day for community celebration.

• An open house at the Historical Society’s new headquarters in the former Congregational Church on Elm Street.

• A “horribles” parade, a non-motorized event for children and the young at heart.

• A book sale at the library, and a chicken barbecue hosted by the American Legion.

Also, the Vineyard Church, Discover the Little Androscoggin, the Baptist Church, Mechanic Falls Fire and Rescue, advocates for organic farming and natural foods, and several local businesses will be holding special events.

Nancy Guptill, another organizer for the event, noted that she was recruiting dignitaries and notables who might volunteer to participate in the always-popular fundraiser, the dunk tank.

“We have sent a request to Gov. Baldacci and are awaiting his response,” Guptill said.

The idea of a day for Mechanic Falls to celebrate itself sprang from discussion at a meeting of the Revenue Enhancement Committee less than two months ago.

Councilor Bob Small, who chairs the Revenue Enhancement Committee, said the intent is to create a sense of community and offer local organizations an opportunity for fun fundraising.

“And it is great seeing everyone coming together,” Small said.

In other business, the council awarded the bid for this year’s road paving program to Rampart Bituminous of Windham, contingent upon approval of the article for the project to be bonded, at the May 15 town meeting.

Rampart’s bid of $361,000 was much lower than the other three bids — ranging from $474,000 to $505,000 — that the council reviewed.

Town Manager John Hawley said he had spoken with Rampart and learned that they had measured the actual widths of the streets to be paved and made the calculations accordingly.

Hawley said he informed the other bidders that Rampart had, in a sense, altered the bid specifications and asked if they wanted to make a similar adjustment. They declined, and Hawley recommended the council go with Rampart.

The council also approved continuing Time Warner’s present contract to provide cable TV and Internet in town for another five years; agreed that the town’s transfer station should stop accepting Sheetrock and shingles as of June 1; and authorized bidding out the harvesting of about seven acres of pine forest on Water Department property.