RUMFORD – Residents may face restrictions on what they can leave out for the town crew to pick up during the annual community clean-up next year.

Town Manager Robert Welch told selectmen Thursday that some people have taken advantage of the annual spring clean-up days.

“This is not for demolition, or for picking up 20 washing machines,” he said. “Things are getting out of hand.”

On April 28, the public works department began picking up items homeowners may have cleaned out of their households. Such things as one appliance, or a maximum of four tires, and small quantities of other household items or wood and brush materials. The service is free for Rumford residents during the annual spring clean-up.

Some residents have left at the curb huge stacks of demolition debris from the razing of entire buildings and many household appliances.

This year’s event ends on May 9.

All items not picked up by the town crew can be taken to the Northern Oxford Transfer Station for disposal.

“Next year there will be restrictions. It’s too bad, it’s a good program,” Welch said.

Also on Thursday, selectmen:

• Said Congress Street crosswalks will soon be repainted. This was in answer to a question by resident Jim Adley.

• Agreed to lend local landlord Don Hamann $10,000 from the town’s low interest revolving loan fund to be used for the removal of an abandoned, multi-unit apartment building on Hancock Street.

• Agreed to look into the possibility of having inmates from the Oxford County jail provide community service work along a section of Route 2 at the top of Falls Hill. Resident Maynard Murphy said a large amount of debris in the area needs cleaning up.



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