Livermore Falls voters to decide on new fire station Tuesday

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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.

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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.

bmatulaitis@sunmediagroup.net

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