LIVERMORE FALLS — The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 Tuesday night to have a site plan review and a preliminary design done for a fire station. Up to $20,000 for the work will come from the Fire Department budget.
The vote followed a special town meeting where voters narrowly rejected spending up to $750,000 to build a station. One selectman said Wednesday that the biggest issue was the lack of specifics on cost and design.
Due to structural problems, the town’s insurance company has demanded that all equipment be moved out of the station as of Oct. 1.
“They don’t even want people to go in there because workers’ comp rates will be affected,” Town Manager Kristal Flagg said.
“We’re going to have to do something,” Selectman Mary Young said. “If we need to do something, it needs to come out of your budget,” she told Fire Chief Tim “TD” Hardy.
Hardy said he has spent very little of his 2015-16 budget. He said fire equipment would still have to be maintained, but he would hold off on purchasing new items.
He suggested getting estimates on possible designs for the station from a number of companies.
Chairwoman Louise Chabot said the biggest issue at the special town meeting was the lack of specific information on the cost and design for a fire station.
“Unfortunately, there aren’t any more specifics without spending any more money,” she said.
Once the site plan review and design are completed, another public meeting is planned to bring the information to voters.
In other business, selectmen approved a special amusement permit for Maine’s Paper and Heritage Museum festivities Aug. 29. It is a celebration of the role papermakers, loggers, and lumberjacks have played in the region, museum President Sherry Judd said.
The day’s events will include opportunities to tour the museum’s historical displays, and there will be a bake sale and refreshments. A 5K run is planned, Wilton author Nancy Prince will read from her book “Libby’s Loons,” and “Father Guido” will perform comedy at Murray Hall.
The board also approved a special amusement permit for Kavanaugh Amusements, which will set up carnival rides at the Livermore Falls Recreation Field this week.