MEXICO — Selectmen from Mexico and Rumford will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 12 in the Mexico Town Office to discuss the possibility of purchasing a ladder truck for use by both towns.
Mexico Town Manager John Madigan said the cost of a new ladder truck could be $1 million. If the two towns decide to jointly buy one, they would likely buy a used one at a cost of about $600,000.
He said Rumford fire Chief Bob Chase and Mexico fire Chief Gary Wentzell have been working on the costs for such a purchase for some time.
Currently, Rumford's ladder truck needs extensive repairs and cannot be used. Mexico's ladder truck, which just recently underwent about $10,000 in repairs, is used as a backup for Rumford.
Madigan said his town's 1975 American ladder truck is likely good for about three years since the repairs were made. He said it was purchased as a used truck at least eight years ago.
At matters at Tuesday's selectmen's meeting, Madigan said the town's annual spring cleanup will be held from May 7 to 25. All materials to be picked up by the town crew must be set at the curbside by May 7. Residents may also bring materials to the transfer station.
The board also learned that it will receive use of a radar speed trailer from May 27 to June 9. The device will be placed at various roads throughout the town to measure motorists' speeds.
Other area towns that will have the device are: Byron, June 10-23; Canton, April 29-May 12; Jay, May 13-26; and Rangeley, June 24-July 7.