Rangeley selectmen consider Lakeside Park projects

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RANGELEY — Selectmen on Monday discussed projects for Lakeside Park and their relation to the master plan.

Rick Godaire of the Public Works Department introduced Linda Hamilton, who spoke for the Parks Commission. Hamilton detailed some projects that could be started without a lot of money. She said the commission didn’t want to add to voters’ tax burden.

Selectman Rob Welch agreed that small projects could be affordable, but said it has to be part of the master plan, even though it may take several years to bring the plan to completion.

Town Clerk Ethna Thompson emphasized that the master plan was approved by the board and must be the commission’s guide.

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The priorities agreed to were leveling and drainage, a new bathhouse and new playground equipment. There was also discussion about extending the beach.

A request for an honorary citizenship for a newborn boy named “Rangeley” prompted selectmen to say they are aware of other children with local names. They suggested recognizing all them at a local event with a certificate.

Since the father of Rangeley is affiliated with the Appalachian Trail organization, the town’s Appalachian Trail Festival Fest was suggested as an appropriate celebration. Acting Town Manager Tim Pellerin said he would draft a letter with those suggestions to the parents.

The board agreed to sell the airport’s old precision approach path indicator lights to the Maine Department of Transportation for use in a smaller airport for $1,132, because the airport’s new lights have been installed.

Pellerin reported a new emergency radio tower for Loon Lake Road has been approved and the Federal Communications Commission has given tentative approval pending agreement from Canada. Construction of the tower is scheduled for next spring.

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