LIVERMORE FALLS — Voters will decide whether to construct a new fire station on the lot of the existing building at a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Town Office.
The article asks residents to seek financing of up to $750,000 for construction of the new building. Another article asks if the town should withdraw $100,000 from the general fund balance to lower the 2015-16 tax commitment.
At the Aug. 3 selectmen meeting, the board reviewed three estimates conducted by Langford and Low and offered by James A. Thibodeau, president of Associated Design Partners Inc. in Falmouth. It would cost $450,000 to repair and upgrade the existing building; $750,000 to replace it with a wood-frame building and $750,000 to replace it with a pre-engineered metal building.
Selectmen said there have been numerous structural deficiencies identified at the fire station, and the insurance will expire Oct. 1 unless the building is brought up to code.
Town Manager Kristal Flagg said that the town’s insurance company wanted firetrucks out of the building as of that date.
At the Aug. 3 meeting, board Chairwoman Louise Chabot and members Mary Young, James Collins and Jeff Bryant voted in favor of constructing a fire station, while Ron Chadwick favored renovation.
Prior to the selectmen meeting, seven members of the Fire Committee voted to construct a building and two favored renovating the existing one.