Panel passes streetlights


RUMFORD – An early step in the eventual revitalization of the downtown was taken by the Downtown Revitalization Committee this week when it approved the purchase of three new, fancy streetlights.

Town Manager Steve Eldridge said the group decided to buy three eight-foot-high globe-topped lights that will be installed on Lowell Street this summer.

He said that area of town was chosen as the first to have the lights because a new sidewalk is expected to be built there. Funds needed for the lights will come from the town’s economic development account.

Eventually, once the town receives a federal grant, lights will be installed along Congress, Waldo, Canal and possibly elsewhere as well.

The committee also decided to extend the deadline for the town’s logo and slogan contest until July 1, so that more entries may be submitted. The committee is looking for a catchy slogan and logo that can be used to symbolize the town. Contest rules may be picked up at the town office.

Former SAD 43 art teacher Don Kerr was chosen to create several renditions of how sections of town would look once they have been renovated. Eldridge said areas include the parking lot at the former Agway building, the snow dump site, portions of Hosmer Field, Veterans Park and others.

“This is part of our long-term planning,” he said.

The committee meets next at 6 p.m. on June 19.