2017-09-01 / Community

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MEDICAL LOANS — Kennebunk’s year-old committee on aging has created a new Medical Equipment Loan Closet designed to provide durable items such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, commodes and shower chairs free of charge to town residents. The closet will provide a wide variety of medical equipment for free to Kennebunk residents upon signing a loan agreement and release form

“I get calls all the time from people looking to obtain these items,” General Asssisatnce Administrator Karen Winton said when unveiling the new service at the Aug. 21 selectmen’s meeting.

The committee has partnered with with Aging Excellence, an area nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors remain active and independent in their own home and in the community, to create the loan program and is now taking donations of lightly used items.

All donated equipment will be inspected by Kennebunk Fire and Rescue staff before being loaned out.

“The volunteers are excited and driven and raring to go, and this will be available soon,” Winton said.

Although the loan closet has been created by the committee on aging, the plan is to take donations of items for use by those in need of all ages.

“We need things that are suitable for any size or age. They need things for children, teenagers with sports injuries, Winton said. “The committee is extremely interested in helping all residents.”

People with items to donate should call 251-3097. More information is available online at wwww.kennebunkmaine.us/loancloset.

CRUISER PURCHASE — Kennebunk selectmen voted unanimously Aug. 22 to buy a pair of 2018 Ford Explorer utility vehicles from Arundel Ford for use as police cruisers, at a cost of $62,130. Arundel Ford submitted the lowest of three bids, which ranged as high as $63,540. Selectmen had budgeted $70,000 as part of this year’s capital improvements budget.

SUMMER SURVEY — Expect to see surveyors from Sebego Technics out on Summer Street this fall.

The South Portland-based engineering firm was the low bidder among three offers to determine the original right-of-way for the street, which, according to Director of Community Development Chris Osterrieder, was first laid out in deeds in the late 1700s.

Osterrieder and his staff will use the Sebego lines to begin planning for an upcoming rebuild of the street, from Sea Road to Heath Road.

“They are not going to design it. They’re just giving us the template to work from. We want to capture everything within the right-of-way, understand what’s in the right-of-way and anything beyond it,” Osterrieder said, at the Aug. 22 selectboard meeting.

Selectman William Ward questioned if the board should be suspicious of Sebego’s $22,500 bid, which came in far below two competing offers, of $34,900 and $44,885. However, Osterrieder vouched for the quality of Sebego’s work, based on past projects done for the town.

“Sometimes it’s a competitive market and they chose to be super competitive, and we benefit,” he said.

The Maine Department of Transportation will reimburse the town for 50 percent of the survey cost.

APPOINTMENTS — Kennebunk selectmen filled three spots on volunteer committees at their Aug. 21 meeting.

Gabriela Rodriguez was appointed to a spot on the town’s dog advisory committee to June 30, 2020, while Molly Hoadley was named to the committee on aging and Lori Parkinson to the bicentennial committee, created to plan festivities for Kennebunk’s 200th birthday in 2020. The latter two positions are both through June 30, 2018.

Rodriguez, of Portage Way, is the owner of Blixx- Horses, a non-riding therapeutic and educational horse experience and a substitute teacher in RSU 21.

She previously served in the dog advisory committee in 2008.

Hoadley, of Bourne Street, is a retired family therapist who previously served three years on the Kennebunk Free Library Board of Directors.

Parkinson, of Commons Lane, has served with the Music on Main Street committee in town and has a strong interest in local history, having managed the Brick Store Museum gift shop from 1999-2002 and helped to start the genealogy group at Kennebunk Free Library.

Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington. He can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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