Alna borrows $405K, gets more secure with $5K

Sun, 05/08/2022 - 8:45am

    Alna selectmen May 4 agreed to a 10-year loan at 3.95% from Androscoggin Bank for the $405,000 in Cross Road projects. Voters approved the spending at town meeting in March.

    The board kept Toby Stockford of Alna for mowing. At $4,000, Stockford’s bid, one of four opened by selectmen April 20, tied for low bid with Sevon's Lawn Care of Jefferson. Having mown Alna town properties for years, Stockford “knows the job ... and I’ve been satisfied with the work that he’s done for us,” First Selectman Ed Pentaleri said in the May 4 meeting at the town office and on Zoom.

    “My sentiments exactly,” Third Selectman Charles Culbertson said.

    The board agreed to spend about $5,000 upgrading security at the town office. Culbertson said the board got an assessment from Seacoast Security “on the state of (security), or lack of security.” It has been poor, Pentaleri said. The upgrades, including cameras, motion detectors and key fobs, will be with Seacoast, selectmen said.

    Resident Mike Trask wondered if the town could find a system that works as well for less money.

    The town has tried cheaper, Pentaleri said. “It’s not getting us the coverage that we need ... We’ve got the bargain basement version right now, and I’m just inclined to go with a turnkey solution that we know is going to be ... serviced.”

    The board named Cathy Johnson to serve as a planning board alternate.