Rumford board to mull proposed mountain bike trail system

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RUMFORD — A Rome company has submitted a proposal to selectmen to design and plan a mountain bike trail system in town.

The board will discuss Red Oak Enterprises’ proposal when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Rumford Falls Auditorium.

According to a letter dated Monday, Red Oak owner Brian Alexander said he met with former Rumford Selectman Jim Rinaldo on Feb. 8 to discuss the project.

If approved, it would be located on town property behind Rumford Public Works.

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To start the process of a trail plan, Alexander said he would:

* Locate and GPS property boundaries on the town parcel.

* Scout and GPS a possible route for a single-track mountain bike trail.

* Provide a map with soil types and any possible special areas.

* Provide approximate costs to complete the project.

For these services, Red Oak Enterprises would charge a fee of $1,500, Alexander said.

Selectmen are also being asked to approve the hiring of an administrative officer for the Police Department, a garbage and recycling collection bid, and the cable franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable.

The board will also hear two requests. The first seeks to close off a section of Exchange Street for the River Valley Farmers Market as an incentive for tourists to visit the downtown area to generate more business.

The second is from the Greater Rumford Community Center, which is seeking approval of an Urban Development Action Grant loan.

As routine business, the board is asked to approve liquor licenses for Hotel Rumford and the Sons of Italy social club, and a special amusement permit for the club.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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