RANGELEY — The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to give town employees a bonus day off with pay Dec. 24. It’s contingent on the town manager discussing with the union that any employees called in for an emergency on that day would be paid standard rate.

The board also discussed deeding the Rangeley Lakes Regional School to RSU 78, but made no decision pending further study.

Chairman Gary Schaeffer said although no one anticipates the dissolution of RSU 78, which includes the plantations of Dallas, Magalloway, Rangeley and Sandy River, if it should happen,  provisions need to be in place on how the equity is distributed. He said that the plantations are willing to work on a formula before the deed is signed over.

Town Manager Tim Kane said the school’s insurance policy has liability coverage.

In other business, Kane said fire Chief Tim Pellerin reported excellent work by firefighters responding to a car fire at Height of Land on Route 17 and a building fire in Oquossoc. Pellerin praised the crew for responding to these and other incidents as trained in recent courses, and said the responses went like clockwork.

He also reported that the energy audit on the Oquossoc fire station noted only minor problems such as weather stripping that needs replacement.


Pellerin also reminded residents of the Fire Department’s Christmas Party, featuring a visit from Santa, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the fire station on School Street.

Kane advised the board that selectmen from Bridgton will visit this month to inspect Rangeley’s sewer system, because they heard of its efficiency and might pattern theirs after it.

The Parks and Recreation Department reported that new Appalachian Trail signs are up, as well as in-town snowmobile signs. The department is also working with landowners on rerouting some snowmobile trails.

In a discussion of road priorities, the board noted that School Street needs work. The board noted that a complete rebuild on High Street would entail drainage, widening and tree removal. As no one on the board supported removal of the trees, they decide to pursue ways to improve High Street without taking down the trees, keeping the street’s aesthetic appeal as it is.

Selectmen welcomed Chris Devine, new director of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and commended that organization’s work.

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