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The Raymond Beautification Committee is hosting a clean-up event for the town on Saturday afternoon, followed by a bonfire, music and refreshments.
“It’ll be a little shindig afterwards,” said municipal clerk Abe Tinney.
The town typically does its spring cleaning four times each year — two in spring and two in fall — but this time they will be joined by the committee.
“The Beautification Committee is coming together with the regular schedule and then they’re going to do tidy up,” said Tinney.
“The operations will do their regular spring clean-up run and pick up a bunch of trash for people who have registered for the special pickup.”
People who register normally pay the town $20 for their service, but the committee asked council at its May 15 meeting to waive the fee, which they agreed to do.
“That fee will be waived for particular properties that have been registered,” Tinney said, adding that the goal is to incentivize local participation.
Although the post-clean-up festivities are intended for volunteers, all Raymondites are welcome.
“I don’t think they’re going to turn anyone away,” Tinney said.
Tourism and Economic Development Committee assessing town
Council also discussed how to attract further business and tourism to town, via the Tourism and Economic Development Committee.
“They’re looking for a professional assessment done of the town,” said Tinney. “The assessment is aimed at helping us understand how to make Raymond a more attractive place for families to move to, for business and tourism.”
The TEDC will look at “all the services and assets that are in town,” including but not limited to the downtown area, he added.
“Certainly, an overview of the downtown area is an important part of that assessment,” Tinney said.
Council voted to approve the assessment, which is still in its preliminary stages. No contractor has been selected to conduct the survey yet.