Mexico selectmen back ATV group, trails

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MEXICO – All-terrain vehicle matters and equipment purchases occupied selectmen at Wednesday night’s meeting.

By a 4-0 vote, the board agreed to back the River Valley Riders All-Terrain Vehicle Club when it applies for municipal grants to complete trail projects.

Club president Dan Mitchell then sought the board’s permission to create a trail less than a half mile long to provide trail-to-trail access on Poplar Hill.

Though it wasn’t on the board’s agenda, selectmen OK’d it, 4-0, following a short discussion about the posted 35 mph speed limit and liability issues.

In other business, selectmen unanimously approved the purchase of a 2007 highway department plow truck cab and chassis from Morrison Motors Inc. for $54,695.

Discussion and a vote to purchase an extended warranty was tabled to the board’s next meeting.

The department’s old plow truck is to be put out to bid.

Selectmen also voted 3-0 to allow Highway Department Director Dave Errington to buy a road-painting machine for $3,275.

The board reappointed Errington as code enforcement officer and plumbing inspector.

Fire Chief Gary Wentzell reported that a firefighter training burn will be held Sunday, May 7, at the old Waleik store on Roxbury Road.

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