NORWAY – Reports from Norway Emergency Management Agency Director Bonnie Seames and Road Commissioner Ron Springer were given to selectmen Thursday night in the wake of this week’s nor’easter.

Seames said the state of emergency declared by Gov. John Baldacci means the town might be able to apply for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also said that government compensation was available on an individual basis for homes particularly affected by the storm.

“I’m sure there are a lot of citizens that are going to benefit from your actions,” Selectman William J. Damon said.

Selectman Russell Newcomb said he had received praise from residents for the work of the town departments.

“My only comment is to thank the highway department for coming to our rescue once again,” said Selectman Robert Walker, who also recognized the efforts of the Norway Fire Department.

Springer said the damage was worst on Shedd Road, which is still partially closed. He said the town would upgrade the culverts on several of the town’s roads.

“Where the town has invested the money to improve the road, we’ve sustained less damage,” Town Manager David Holt said.

“I expect repairs to continue on the roads,” he said.

In other business, Selectman George W. Tibbetts Jr. brought before the board a request from Len Greaney of the Vietnam War Memorial Fund in Rumford for a $100 contribution from Norway. The board approved the measure unanimously, and Damon contributed another $100 personally. A third contribution from a resident brought the total Norway contribution to the memorial to $300.

Bruce Cook, treasurer of Norway Downtown, updated selectmen on the revitalization organization, including the election of new officers at their annual meeting. Cook said Norway Downtown will take over the Opera House Corp. and move to an office space next to Jacoby’s Restaurant.

“I think you’re going to see a lot of activity,” said Cook, who also expressed the need for clerical help at the organization.

The board also approved the Norway Country Club’s license to sell beer and wine and $6,384.70 for Pine Tree Engineering and Holt Lachman.

Selectmen approved bids for lawn mowing at the town’s cemeteries and parks, although they handed over the bidding decision of mowing ball fields to the recreation committee. They unanimously approved Holt to proceed with a proposed lease for the Longley parking lot.


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