Selectmen adopt warrant


RUMFORD – Residents will have lots to act on at the annual town meeting and June primary next month, ranging from the usual budgetary items to a question on how future budgets should be determined, and whether a renovation and addition should occur at the Municipal Building and fire station.

Selectmen approved the town meeting warrant during their meeting Thursday night.

The annual town meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on June 5 in Muskie Auditorium of Mountain Valley High School. The primary referendum vote takes place all day on June 13 in the American Legion Hall.

Among the items to be acted on at the town meeting is a request for the town to borrow up to $2.9 million to make repairs to the Municipal Building and fire station to meet requirements by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. About $1 million of the money would also be used to connect the two buildings and to add about 15,000-square-feet of space.

Also, residents will decide whether to apply for and accept a $150,000 enterprise grant and a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant. Both grants would assist with the downtown revitalization project.

Voters will be asked if they want to construct a 60-by-100-foot building in the new business park at a cost not to exceed $1.2 million. This building would then be sold to a business client.

Other items on the town meeting agenda include authorization to accept or purchase land on Canal Street owned by Central Maine Power, then sell land in the business park to the utility.

Voters will have nearly a dozen questions to act on at the June 13 primary.

Among them is an advisory referendum on how future municipal budgets will be acted upon. Voters will have a choice of four options: the current method of adopting a budget at town meeting; maintaining the town meeting but requiring secret ballots on budgetary matters; voting for all budgetary items by secret ballot at referendum; or, changing the form of government to a town council who would handle all budgetary items.

Residents will also be asked to approve setting up a charter commission to revise the municipal charter or to write a new charter. Among the bylaws requiring action are those related to adoption of a sexually oriented business ordinance, an ordinance outlining a method to name streets, a wellhead protection ordinance for the Scotties Brook aquifer and the Ellis River aquifer; and three changes to the domestic animal ordinance.