Rumford growth council financially sound

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RUMFORD – Financially, things are looking up for the River Valley Growth Council.

At Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting at the River Valley Technology Center, treasurer Bill Hine said, “We are running a very lean machine now.”

He was talking about expenses. With two months remaining, Hine said the council will turn a profit.

“It’s been a good year for us,” he said after the meeting.

But, Hine said he expects that funding will continue to prove challenging, knowing that the council’s River Valley towns of Andover, Byron, Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Hanover, Mexico, Peru, Roxbury and Rumford are struggling.

“We’re not looking for opportunities to spend money. Our mindset is to live within our means, so, we’re looking to maximize production from the staff we have,” Hine said.

The council budgeted for a total income of $72,728. It’s received $115,166, and expects more to arrive within the remaining two months of the budget.

For expenses, $128,308 was budgeted, but only $106,859 of that has been spent.

“Things are looking very well,” Hine added.

In other business, the council followed Director Seth Carey’s suggestion to draft a survey for the River Valley area to best determine what people here want for their area.

Carey volunteered to draft the survey and pass it out this summer. Director Jim Rinaldo, a Rumford selectman, volunteered to head the survey ad hoc committee that would be tasked with tabulating the data.

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