RUMFORD – Selectmen will learn about ongoing plans for the growth of the local library and get an update on the region’s first-ever business exposition when they meet Thursday.

The twice-monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Municipal Building.

The River Valley Growth Council is currently organizing a business exposition set for September at Mountain Valley High School. The event aims to showcase the number of goods and services available in the River Valley area. RVGC Executive Secretary Rosie Bradley will provide a report.

Kathy Sutton, a member of the Rumford Public Library Growth Committee, and librarian Karl Aromaa are expected to update the board on future plans for the facility. The committee or the trustees have been meeting for more than two years to decide how to provide more space for the growing number of services provided by the library.

Also on the agenda is a low-interest loan request by landlord Melissa Erskine who wants to update the electrical system in one of her multi-unit apartment complexes.

Several new food-related luncheon or snack service providers are requesting hawker’s and peddler’s licenses for the upcoming season. They are: Mike Philbrick and Mark Hutchins who want to operate Smiley’s Food Concession; Mike Lawlor who wants to sell Italian ices; and the Firemen’s Relief Association that wants to operate a lunch wagon.

Other agenda items include discussion on the use of Oxford County inmates for cleaning up the sides of town-maintained roads, and action on a liquor license request by Le Paresseux Snowshoe Club.

Following the public portion of the meeting, the board will meet in a closed session with Police Chief Timothy Bourassa and the town’s attorney to begin discussion on police department union negotiations.


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