With no town funds, Dover-Foxcroft YMCA to change programming

Posted June 30, 2011, at 8:59 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Dover-Foxcroft selectmen and the Piscataquis Regional YMCA will host a joint forum at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at Center Theatre to learn more about what the public would like the YMCA to offer in the future.

During the annual town meeting referendum in June, residents voted down the traditional $32,000 donation to the YMCA, so the YMCA is having to adjust internally and move forward, according to executive director Erika Weidner. “Times are tough and we have to adapt,” she said Thursday.

“There’s never been a contract per se for what we were supposed to offer,” Weidner said. She called the town’s donation more of a subsidy and said it helped cover most of the youth sports and swimming.

Dover-Foxcroft Town Manager Jack Clukey said selectmen, who met Monday, are very interested in the YMCA’s offerings. He said the YMCA is making final plans on what it will and won’t offer and wants the public to comment.

“It’s just kind of a way to get public input on what people would like to see available going forward,” he said of the forum.

In addition to the discussion about the YMCA, selectmen on Monday awarded a snowplow contract to Dean Rideout of Dover-Foxcroft. The three-year contract for the south side of town, or 25½ miles, will cost a total of $174,814. Rideout’s bid was not the lowest of the four submitted. Joe Flint of Sebec bid $168,115 for the three years. With the small difference in bids, Clukey said the selectmen wanted to keep the bid local. He said town officials have been happy with Rideout’s plowing over the past 10 years.

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