DIXFIELD — Selectmen and the water department decided to replace water lines along Newton Avenue
beginning in mid-September at a meeting on Wednesday.

Water department supervisor Jim White
told the board that he has gathered estimates of up to $46,500 for removing the old line, putting in a new one and laying a two-inch binder on the street. Also included in the cost is
about $2,000 to provide temporary services while construction is in
the works.

All costs, except another $7,000 or
$8,000 needed to resurface the street in the spring, will be paid for by the water department.

Selectmen also heard from Dixfield
police Chief Richard Pickett that five reserve officers have applied
for the full-time position previously held by Chuck Beale, who is now
on reserve status. Agility tests and interviews will be held during
the next week or two. A finalist’s name is expected to be presented
to the board at its Aug. 12 meeting with the new officer
beginning work in September. That person will then attend the Maine
Criminal Justice Academy in January.

In other matters, the board:

• Appointed David Harvey and Hugh Daley
to three-year terms and Cynthia Paine to a two-year term on the
Planning Board. Roberta Donahue was appointed as alternate member for
one year.

• Learned that the sewer and water
lines were discontinued at Irvings Forest Products property on 69
Weld St.

• Learned that the the campground on Route 2 owned by Tom Gerrier and under construction will
be hooked onto the water main this week.

• Will decide whether to present a
revised curfew ordinance. The most recent attempt was defeated at
town meeting in 2006.

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