RUMFORD — Selectmen approved the sale
of four tax-acquired properties and the construction of a new Parks
Department garage during their meeting Thursday.

Three of the four property contracts
were awarded to abutters. They were: Faylene Austin, a .12-acre parcel on Virgin Street, $5,700; Wayne and Joanne Bouchard, a
.08-acre lot on Maine Avenue, $6,000; and Sunday River Farms, the former
Bessey farm building and .6 acre at 158 Route 232, $18,158.
Clyde Wardwell was awarded the contract for a two-family home
and a .18-acre parcel on 688 Prospect Avenue, $16,500.

A 20- by 36-foot garage will be constructed
near the Rumford Parks Department building at a cost of $16,500 by
Rumford contractor Robert Milligan. Town Manager Carlo Puiia said
the funds will come from the Parks Department capital account; the garage
will be used to store equipment. The project is expected to be
completed this fall.

In economic-related matters, he said
the board agreed to the formation of a Town of Rumford Fourth of July
Committee and a Community Pride Committee. Both panels will
operate under the town’s Economic Development Committee.

He said a meeting of the Economic
Development Committee will be set for sometime in September, when the
committees will be established.

Anyone interested in serving on either
is asked to contact Puiia at the town office at 364-4576.

Puiia said a number of residents have
been concerned that the town has not had fireworks or other events
during the July 4th holiday. The committee would be
charged with developing activities for children and others. The
responsibility for holding fireworks could come under the Parks
Department or the new committee. That will be determined later.

The Community Pride Committee would be
charged with focusing on buildings and properties that show signs of
neglect and working with landowners.

In other matters, the board:

• approved all-terrain vehicle access to
Mountain View Annex, which connects with a trail, provided the plan
meets the approval of police Chief Stacy Carter.

• reappointed former Selectman Arthur
Boivin to the River Valley Growth Council.

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