Greenwood to decide on ambulance service

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GREENWOOD — Voters will decide whether to keep their current ambulance service or choose a new one at their annual town meeting on Saturday.

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on May 22 at the American Legion building at 595 Gore Road. It includes 34 articles related to the 2011 fiscal year budget and other municipal matters.

Greenwood currently pays a subsidy to Tri-Town Rescue, a service based in West Paris. The two-part article asks whether the town supports having the selectmen enter into negotiations to form an inter-local agreement with Tri-Town and the other communities it serves.

The second part of the article asks if voters will approve having the selectmen begin negotiations with PACE Ambulance, which is based out of Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

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Such an agreement would take a step toward converting Tri-Town from a private organization to a quasi-municipal one, with the communities directly involved in the ownership and operation of the service. The towns currently have representatives on a board of directors at the service.

Tri-Town was formed in 1981 and currently serves West Paris, Greenwood, Milton Township and half of Sumner. It originally responded to calls in Woodstock as well, but that town voted 61-25 in 2009 to switch its coverage to PACE.

In March, West Paris voted 65-32 to continue its agreement with Tri-Town and authorize the selectmen to make negotiations to form an inter-local agreement. Sumner will take a similar vote later in the year.

Another article will see if the town will direct the selectmen to apply for a $500,000 general obligation grant for road improvements. A special town meeting will be held for final approval if the item is approved. The bond would be used for repairs to the Greenwood Road, Rowe Hill Road, Gore Road, Vernon Street and Old Country Road.

Other articles will appropriate the budgets for several town departments. The selectmen and Budget Committee’s recommendations include $388,234 for the Highway Department, $253,332 for the administrative budget, $85,000 for the G & W Transfer Station budget and $57,650 for the Fire Department.

Voters will also choose a selectman for a three-year term and two SAD 44 directors. One director will serve for three years, and one will serve for one year.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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