Livermore Falls selectmen vote to purchase new police cruiser

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen voted Wednesday to purchase a 2017 police cruiser from Quirk Ford in Augusta for $26,220.

The Ford Explorer SUV with a police package will be delivered Monday.

“We need it now,” interim Town Manager Stephen J. Gould said.

He said if the town was going to purchase a 2018 vehicle, it would have to wait until January. With all of the mechanical problems the 2011 cruiser has experienced, response time to calls would have become a big issue if the town had waited, Gould said.

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The 2011 cruiser was traded in for $1,764. The rest of the money will come from the police cruiser fund.

Some equipment is needed to outfit the cruiser. A special town meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Town Office to ask voters to appropriate $12,694 for the equipment.

Selectmen also voted to have an article at the special town meeting asking residents to approve $70,000 in federal money for contingency for the fire station renovation project. Gould said there had been cost overruns.

“We’re still not out of the woods yet as far as the potential for more surprises,” he said.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed in late November or early December.

Gould noted that residents with Kidde fire extinguishers should be aware that there is a recall for any Kidde fire extinguisher with a plastic handle. Call Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or go online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Also, Gould said several people had approached him during power outages caused by Monday’s storm and said they couldn’t purchase anything at stores because credit cards didn’t work and they didn’t have enough cash on hand. He reminded residents to keep some cash on hand for emergencies.

bmatulaitis@sunmediagroup.net

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