Mexico town office to get heart defibrillator

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Mexico town office to get AED

MEXICO — The Town Office will soon receive a portable heart rhythm regulator.

The Board of Selectmen approved the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator at their meeting Nov. 21.

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Town Manager Jack Gaudet said the $899.88 purchase, through Med-Care Ambulance, is at a reduced cost thanks to a federal grant. The money will be taken  from the building and maintenance renovation fund.

Gaudet said office staff will be trained by Med-Care. Selectmen were also invited to participate.

Before approving the purchase, there was a discussion that perhaps the device might not be necessary because the Fire Department is nearby. However, it was noted that firefighters might not always be available when it’s needed.

In other business, selectmen and the town manager donated a combined $100 of their money toward a sign in the Mexico Rec Park to remember former Recreation Department Director Greg Arsenault, who passed away Sept. 19.

At the selectmen meeting Nov. 7, Dwight Murphy said the sign will be placed at the Virgin Fields on a dedication night. He said the $325 for the sign has been raised.

Murphy said the family wishes for the dedication to be held in the spring.

Arsenault was very active in community service, volunteering for a number of years at the Mexico Rec Department before becoming its first full-time director.

In other business, selectmen set the first preliminary budget meeting for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 downstairs in the Town Hall.

Gaudet said last year’s budget process — his first as town manager — went very well in part because the board met beforehand to discuss the proposed budget.

Selectmen agreed the Budget Committee would be invited to attend the meeting, although most of the discussion would be limited to selectmen and the town manager.

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