Cumberland council OKs truck buy, review fee

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CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously authorized a lease/purchase agreement for a new plow truck.

The agreement, with Gorham Leasing, is for a 2011 International 7400 Series truck, which will replace a model from 1992. The cost is nearly $164,000 and is included in the fiscal 2011 budget.

The council also unanimously approved a $250 flat fee for staff review of small site plans. The council recently authorized the process as an alternative to the more in-depth and expensive reviews required for larger projects, as a means of assisting smaller businesses.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.