Several new faces on Rumford panels

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RUMFORD – Several new faces are joining some of the town’s boards and committees after being appointed by selectmen Thursday night.

Parks Commission member Rick White, who has served on the panel for nearly 20 years, was replaced by Jason Thompson for a three-year term.

New to the Finance Committee is former selectman candidate and local businessman Ronald Theriault, and former town manager candidate and current Downtown Revitalization Committee member Jennifer Stowell. Ron Russell was reappointed to the committee for three years and Dieter Kreckel for two years. Former Finance Committee members David Kimball, Angela Arsenault and Joseph Parise did not reapply. A one-year opening remains to finish the term of Frank DiConzo, who was elected selectman in June.

Seth Carey, who headed a move to bring a casino to Oxford County, was appointed to a one-year position on the Planning Board, and former Selectman Jim Thibodeau was appointed as the board’s alternate.

Thibodeau, however, who had applied to serve another term on the Rumford Water District Board, was replaced by former Oxford County Commissioner Fredric Kennard.

Former Selectman Kevin Saisi was appointed to one of two open seats on the Board of Appeals. Members Len Greaney and Linda French did not reapply. One position remains open.

Code enforcement officer Rick Kent was appointed to one-year terms as sealer of weights and measures, and plumbing inspector. His appointment was allowed after voters made a change to the town’s ordinances to permit such a combination of offices.

Most other board and committee openings were filled with incumbents.

Town Manager Jim Doar said selectmen interviewed applicants for the committee seats earlier in the week. He said there are two openings on the Med-Care Ambulance Service board, Board of Appeals and Finance Committee. Advertisements for those positions will appear soon.

In other matters, the board directed Doar to look into several requests for trimming or removing trees in front of the Municipal Building and the Rumford Public Library.

Doar said he will speak with professional horticulturists to get recommendations and an estimate and report to the board.

Board Chairman Greg Buccina said if the town decides to have tree work done, the project would go out to bid.

The board also directed Doar to look into the feasibility of establishing crosswalks from the information center across Morse Bridge and to the Food Trend. He will also check into the possibility of cutting a barrier along Congress Street near the Dunkin’ Donuts shop that would allow wheelchair accessibility and easier snow removal.

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