Rumford selectmen to set manager’s goals

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RUMFORD – Selectmen plan to begin work with Town Manager Jim Doar to set goals for him within the next few weeks.

Selectman Frank DiConzo brought up the matter as well as a request for job descriptions for nonunion employees during Thursday’s meeting.

“We will have no way to evaluate him,” said DiConzo at Thursday’s meeting.

Doar said Friday that that discussion may take place in closed session at the July 19 meeting.

He said, too, that job descriptions are already in place for nonunion employees. He does plan, however, to put together a personnel policy in the near future.

In other matters, the board heard a description of the level of services provided by the police and fire departments.

The presentations are part of the board’s determination on whether to continue services or change them in time for the development of next year’s municipal budget. Other departments will make similar reports at future meetings.

Several selectmen, including Mark Belanger, have been concerned that the budget and staffing of the Fire Department is larger than towns of similar size. Of particular concern is the amount of time spent by the Fire Department responding to emergency medical calls.

“If Med-Care did not exist, the Fire Department (responses to medical calls) could be justified,” he said.

Doar said he and the fire chief are looking into costs associated with medical responses.

During the June 12 election, the town asked voters to provide opinions on whether services offered by municipal departments should be increased, decreased or remain the same. For both the police and fire departments, a majority of people indicated they wanted service to remain as is.

“That tells us people are generally pleased with the services,” said board Chairman Greg Buccina.

In other matters, selectmen approved an agreement with the Wilder K. Abbott family to use the former John Deere building on Route 2 as a training site by the Fire Department.

Fire Chief John Woulfe said several inside burns and other training will take place at the building starting July 9 and concluding by Oct. 31.

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