Trucks to be rerouted

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Large trucks will be diverted from the downtown area Friday afternoon into the evening as the area turns into a showcase of the past, a reflection of today and a glance at tomorrow.

The town is celebrating Main Street USA from about 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Selectmen authorized Town Manager Martin Puckett on Monday to approach Jay officials to send large trucks traveling on Route 4 up Hyde Road to Route 133 and down Pleasant Street in Livermore Falls to avoid the downtown. Truck traffic on Route 133 on Park Street would be detoured up Pleasant to Church Street, Puckett said.

The event was well attended last year and has expanded but will still have the same historic flavor: antique cars and hot rods on display as well as eighth-grade history projects, a quilt show, entertainment and a history slideshow among the highlights.

In other business, selectmen suggested employees go through Puckett to get a designated smoking area set up at the transfer station and iron out kinks in the policy about employees only smoking in designated areas on town property.

The policy prohibits employees smoking on a job in the street or the sidewalks because that’s town property, highway foreman Denis Castonguay said.

Transfer station attendant Fred Nadeau suggested that selectmen were holding employees to higher standards than the public.

Selectman Bill Demaray and Russell Flagg both said they had no control over the public but were required to set up smoking areas for employees.

Castonguay suggested that if selectmen were going to prohibit employees from not smoking on town property, including streets, they should make it tobacco-free for employees to make it fair to all.

On another topic, Flagg told Geneva Hodgkins, who has adopted Union Park to care for, that he would donate time and a pulp truck to move a cannon from the school grounds to the park for her.

She would like the area to be ready for Memorial Day, she said.

Selectmen continued review of a nearly $2 million budget and will do the same at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, with hopes of finalizing a budget.

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