Richardson named rescue chief for Buckfield

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BUCKFIELD — Selectmen voted Tuesday night to name Floyd Richardson rescue chief.

The longtime Rescue Department member and certified paramedic had been serving as interim chief.

In other business, the board held a public hearing on Captain Bly’s entertainment permit and William Sullivan pleaded to consider his situation as a neighbor.

“The tavern is the worst thing that’s happened to us since we had our home,” he said. “The noise at times is unbearable, and drunks who can’t drive sit outside and talk loudly until they are sober enough to drive, and motorcycles turn around in our driveway at all hours. A sign welcoming bikers is at the tavern.

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“The tavern is not an ideal neighbor,” he said.

Despite Sullivan’s complaints, the permit was accepted by the board.

Mark McAlister, manager of the Turner Street tavern, leases the property.

According to the permit, live entertainment is allowed between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The permit allows open hours from 11 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. for special holidays, providing at least a 72-hour notice is given to the Town Office. The permit is effective from Dec. 26, 2014, to Dec. 26, 2015.

While the new fire/rescue station is under construction, firetrucks have been parked in the Public Works building. According to fire Chief Tim Brooks, Assistant Chief David Knox and Public Works foreman Tyler Belanger, the arrangement has worked out well.

The new station will be ready to house Engine 3 by next week, Town Manager Cindy Dunn said. The board discussed putting a quonset hut near the Public Works garage to house the firetrucks so plow trucks could get out, but officials thought it was unnecessary.

The board voted to rescind its Nov. 18 vote to purchase a quonset hut for vehicle storage.

According to contractor H. E. Callahan Construction, the bays would be ready next week, even if the doors, which have been held up from the supplier, were not in, Dunn said.

Richardson said he could drive the rescue vehicles up by the office and unload any medications that might freeze.

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