September 11, 2008

Selectmen to Survey Residents on Budget Needs

By Eileen M. Adams

MEXICO - Selectmen set a special meeting for Monday, Sept. 22, to discuss developing a survey that people could answer when they go to the polls on Nov. 4.

Answers to the survey would be used by town officials putting together the next municipal budget. Of concern is whether residents want to continue receiving the same municipal services. If not, then the board wants to know which services people would prefer to reduce or eliminate.

The Budget Committee is also expected to develop several survey questions at a Sept. 16 meeting that it will use for the preparing the budget.

Town Manager John Madigan said he expects the final survey, which will be conducted as a straw poll on Nov. 4, will likely include six budget-related questions.

In other matters at Wednesday's board meeting, selectmen learned of a special energy conservation workshop to assist people with fuel- related needs.

The workshop is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mexico Town Hall.

Among agencies expected to present information on assistance are Maine State Housing Authority, Community Concepts, the governor's energy office, the Mexico Fire Department, general assistance, Oxford County Emergency Management, Oxford County Mental Health, Rumford-Mexico Rotary, Efficiency Maine and Alpha One.

Sen. Bruce Bryant, D-Dixfield, is among sponsors of the session. A similar workshop was held in Jay, and a third will be held in Bethel.

Also on Wednesday, selectmen:

awarded the contract for the purchase of a tax-acquired house and quarter-acre lot on Harlow Hill Road to Matt Patenaude of Peru for $5,670;

appointed Keith Tilsley as a reserve police officer;

learned that town information, such as meeting agendas and minutes, will be included on the River Valley Connection Web site for the rest of the year; and

agreed to look into complaints about Carlton Avenue residents parking in the lot next to the river that is set aside for people using the boat launch.

Originally published by Staff Writer.

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