Selectmen approve town meeting warrantPublished on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:12 am | Last updated on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:12 am
RUMFORD — Selectmen on Thursday unanimously approved the annual town meeting warrant that includes a proposed $7,423,500 municipal budget and several ordinances.
Most of the decisions will be made through a referendum ballot that goes before voters from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 12 at the American Legion Hall.
On that ballot, voters will act on 12 money articles, 26 initiated articles, and eight ordinance amendments. Charter and ordinance proposals include:
* Regulating use and sale of fireworks.
* Regulating domestic animals.
* Allowing selectmen to enter into multiyear contracts and grants.
* Amending the hawkers and peddlers, and taxi cab license regulations.
* Changing the dates for filing nomination papers.
* Adopting a Property Assessed Clean Energy ordinance that would allow low-interest loans for energy-saving projects.
* Exempting active duty military personnel who are residents of Rumford from excise taxes.
* Authorizing a Charter Commission.
* Providing a nonbinding opinion on whether to extend Lincoln Avenue.
At the business meeting at 7 p.m. June 4 at Mountain Valley High School residents will act on salaries for many municipal officials, decide whether to join with neighboring Mexico for the purchase of a ladder truck and approve the annual municipal report.
This year's municipal budget is up from this year's $6,849,208.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the proposed budget is the result of higher fuel and insurance costs, and a board decision to include additional money in several capital reserve accounts.
In other matters Thursday, the board approved a slight increase in sewer rates, from $112 annually to $119. Bills with the new rates will be mailed in June.
The board also supported a plan by the Strathglass Park Preservation Society to erect a plank fence on the Hancock Street side of the residential park.