The Mexico Town Office roof may be replaced this summer and energy-efficient windows installed.

MEXICO — The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday instructed Town Manager Jack Gaudet to explore taking out a loan to replace the Town Office roof, which has 110 patches on it.

Selectman Byron Ouellette said that with the low interest rates on loans, it might be the town’s best option.

Selectman Reggie Arsenault said more than a repair is needed, given that the roof has leaked in an area which has expensive office equipment.

Gaudet noted that he counted 110 patches on the roof, which was installed in 1990. He said quotes from Hahnel Bros. of Lewiston estimated repairs would cost $7,425; replacement would cost $47,195.

Gaudet said the building repair account has $27,000. An additional $20,000 in being asked in the 2017-18 municipal budget.

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Some money will also be needed for energy-efficient windows on the back side of the building.

From his office, Gaudet joked that sometimes when trucks travel by, “it sounds like the windows are open.”

In the future, the town will also need to repair of replace the roof over the former superintendent’s office on Parker Street, which houses three tenants, including the Police Department.

Hahnel estimated that roof repair at $11,485, or $95,000 for a replacement.

“If we’re going to keep these buildings, we’ve got to put some money into them,” Gaudet said.

In other business:

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 Gaudet announced that police officer Caroline Casey will leave the department to work for the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. Her last day will be May 26.

• The sixth annual Mexico Cruise-In, hosted by the Mexico Firefighters Relief Association and the Tired Iron Cruizers Car Club, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, behind the Mexico Fire Station. Rain date is May 26.

• Gaudet announced that at 6 p.m. during Cruise-In, the town will dedicate the road behind the Fire Station to former Fire Chief Gary Wentzell, who passed away on Jan. 8, 2017. Signs at each end of the road will read “Gary Wentzell Lane.”

• Pizza Hut in the Main Street plaza closed Thursday. Gaudet said a store representative said it closed for three reasons: smaller population, increase in the minimum wage; and the lease coming due. “They just hired eight people. They showed up and people didn’t even know that Pizza Hut had closed,” he said.

• The Mexico Bicentennial Committee has started a bottle drive. People can go to the Waldo Street Bottle Depot and donate proceeds from their bottles and cans to the committee.

• Gaudet said electrical work is underway at the Mexico Recreation Park. Town water to the facility was put in last fall.


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