Council OKs building to ambulance service

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LISBON – Councilors have agreed to sell the town-owned lot and building that houses Lisbon Emergency to the non-profit ambulance service for $25,000 at 5 percent interest.

This will allow the service to move ahead with plans to demolish the two-story, wood-frame structure it has leased from the town for the past 20 years in order to build a modern new 3-bay station. As part of the agreement, the council stipulated that if the building is used for anything else within 10 years, title will revert back to the town.

In a letter to state Sen. John Nutting and state Reps. Robert Berube and Michael Vaughan, councilors thanked Nutting for his comments at their last meeting, and asked that all support reinstating funding for the reconstruction of Route 9.

“As you know, this road has seen a 38 percent increase in traffic” including “many trucks since the turnpike exit opened 3 years ago” and “unfortunately traffic accidents continue at a rate of 50 per year on this 7-mile stretch; this can only be explained by the poor road design, including no shoulders.”

In other action, councilors approved:

• Time Warner’s cable TV rate proposal.

• Asking the police chief to use his “experimental authority” on the town ordinance for 90 days to determine the feasibility of adopting new parking regulations on Booker Street as requested by William Bauer.

• Reappointed Town Clerk Twila Lycette as registrar of voters for the next 2 years.

• Scheduled a special session on Jan. 23 with the Advisory Board, Water Commission and town attorney for a review of town codes.

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