RUMFORD — Selectmen will hold a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Municipal Building Jury Room.
After opening the meeting in public session, the board will enter executive session for labor negotiations and may render a decision when resuming public session, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said late Friday afternoon.
In other municipal business, selectmen Thursday night OK'd having Glen Holmes and Jim Rinaldo conduct a collaborative study to determine what businesses the Rumford area lacks but could be sustainable, Puiia said.
Holmes is a director with the Western Maine Economic Development Council, and Rinaldo is a director with the River Valley Growth Council.
The board also authorized Puiia to pay for the pair's expenses from the Economic Development budget account, up to $5,000.
Puiia said he doesn't foresee the pair's work approaching that amount and stressed that the money would only be used to pay for incurred expenses. It's not a salary, he said.
For example, Puiia said Holmes and Rinaldo will pursue landing a brand name hotel in Rumford, an effort that fell through in the past due to the difficult economic situation, according to municipal leaders.
"It's still a stubborn economy and everybody is being very cautious about doing such a project as that in this area," Puiia said.
The board also discussed new language for a Hawker's and Peddler's Ordinance amendment to be presented at the public hearing in April for proposed ordinances and amendments.
One change would be to require that vendors at the Farmer's Market beside Exchange Street have proof of liability insurance to protect the town.
Puiia said the tweaks he continues to work on will give the board some flexibility and the authority to address individual issues that may come up.
Selectmen OK'd a Hawker's and Peddler's License for Annette Marin doing business as Gone Loco! Cafe at No View Farm, and approved an easement amendment and restriction agreement to Federated Realty LLC.
Puiia said Federated Realty owns the River Valley Crossing plaza off Route 2 by McDonald's restaurant and the Public Works garage. He said when the town sold the plaza, the contract carried a restriction agreement to prevent profiteering from speculation to sell it.
He said that time limit had expired, so the board's action on the matter was merely housekeeping. Additionally, the town has an easement on a property behind the plaza and a potential incoming business was concerned that the town could block access to its entrance.
That matter was also remedied after review by the town attorney.