RUMFORD – Selectmen will consider four complaints lodged against two of them and the town’s police chief when they hold their regular twice-monthly meeting on Thursday.

The session begins at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Auditorium. Prior to the meeting at 5 p.m., selectmen will hold a workshop to decide what action to take to replace departing fire chief John Woulfe III.

Suggestions for replacing Woulfe, who leaves Saturday after serving for nearly nine years, include making police Chief Stacy Carter head of both departments, hiring from within, or advertising to fill the job.

A complaint was lodged against Chairman Greg Buccina by Ron Theriault, who asked that Buccina be removed as chairman because he allegedly violated town charter provisions and Robert Rules of Order.

Selectman Mark Belanger filed a complaint against Carter for allegedly assassinating his character and violating the charter. Belanger has asked for a public apology and a letter of reprimand placed in Carter’s personnel file.

Joe and Annette St. Pierre filed a complaint against Buccina and Selectman Brad Adley for improperly voting to remove Selectmen Arthur Boivin and Frank DiConzo from the board. They request the removal of Buccina and Adley. At a later meeting, following an opinion by town lawyer Tom Carey, Buccina and Adley declared publicly that their action was null and void.

A fourth complaint was filed against Buccina and Adley by Pamela Do, signed by 10 other people, calling for the dismissal of the two selectmen for voting to remove Boivin and DiConzo, and for reprimanding Belanger.

Town Manager Jim Doar said he would read the complaints, state his findings, then ask the board to make individual decisions.

The board, at the request of Belanger, will also discuss creating a municipal economic development office. The proposed municipal budget includes about $90,000 for the project.

Also on the agenda are: A request by Brian Nichols for a low-interest $35,000 municipal loan for the purchase of materials and equipment for the renovation and start-up of Brian’s Bistro, a restaurant at the site of the former Boiler Room Restaurant; a funding request by Western Valley Access Channel; a town cemetery policy discussion; and suggested changes to the priority list for snow removal.


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