Rumford board to revisit its budget process on May 5

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RUMFORD — Selectmen will revisit their 2011-12 municipal budget recommendations prior to their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rumford Falls Auditorium.

At issue in the 6 p.m. meeting are their recommendations for the Economic Development, Parks and Recreation and assessors’ budgets.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia asked for the review after new information came to light about each account last month.

He had recommended raising no money for the Economic Development account. However, with new development prospects looming, including a brand-name hotel, the account now needs money.

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The Park and Recreation budget involves a misunderstanding, Puiia said last month, over a contractual agreement with Regional School Unit 10 that has to be remedied.

On the third item, Puiia said he erred when presenting the assessors’ budget to the board last month. He should have recommended a bottom-line figure instead of taking items line by line. That, he said, is the Board of Assessors’ job and not his.

On the board’s regular meeting agenda is a request for selectmen to authorize police Chief Stacy Carter to apply for a 2011 federal Community Oriented Policing Services grant, which pays the salary and benefits of an officer for three years and requires the town to pay for the fourth year.

“The COPS grant is the same that Mexico currently has and Dixfield has been given the OK to apply for,” Carter said Wednesday by email.

He said he wants to use the officer to save overtime and to have an extra person on patrol during busy evening hours or to do special details.

“The savings from overtime could be saved and utilized to pay the fourth year (for the COPS officer),” he said.

Carter said he had previously asked the board to authorize him to pursue this grant, but selectmen turned it down two years ago.

Among other agenda items are an update on the York Street Sidewalk Project, a request for funding from local access Channel WVAC TV-7, a request to eliminate nighttime hours for voter registrar, approving a special selectmen meeting on Thursday, May 12, for a charter revision hearing, and discussions on possibly extending the wind power facility moratorium and auditing services.

An executive session will be held to discuss an economic development matter with Puiia and interested parties.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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