FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to request an application from Central Maine Power Co. for decorative temporary attachments to utility poles on behalf of the Madrid Historical Society.

Members of the society would like to put up 12 to 16 U.S. flags on poles along a short section of Route 4 and Reeds Mill Road in Madrid Township, considered the village area.

It is an effort to promote pride and patriotism.

When the town of Madrid deorganized in 2000, county commissioners became the governing body of the township.

Before the application is made, County Clerk Julie Magoon said she would talk to an agent from the Maine County Commissioners Association Risk Pool to see if they are comfortable adding CMP to the county’s insurance policy as additionally insured.

According to a letter submitted to commissioners from society President Ginni Robie, certificates of insurance for a minimum liability limit of $5 million from the applicant and the applicant’s contractor would need to be submitted to CMP. Each would have to designate CMP as additional insured.


Since deorganization, the Madrid Historical Society “has sought to foster a sense of community since its inception in 2000,” Robie wrote in her letter to commissioners.

The society sends out annual newsletters to all property owners of buildings that are taxed informing them about the society’s activities.

In this year’s newsletter society members sought interest in placing flags in the village area, perhaps dedicating a flag to the memory of or in honor of a loved one, Robie wrote.

Several people supported the idea by donating funds for this purpose.

At this time we would like to place eight to 10 flags along Route 4 and four to six flags along Reeds Mill Road,” she wrote.

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