LIVERMORE – Selectpersons accepted a new policy this week that will allow the town to seek reimbursement from insurance companies for certain services provided by its Fire Department.

Included will be scene, traffic and safety control at traffic accidents; fire suppression; extrication from vehicles; and hazard mitigation at traffic accidents.

This is something that hasn’t been done previously, said Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub, who explained this would cover services rendered when firefighters don’t get paid.

As an example, he recalled two recent cases of people running into cemeteries.

The minimum call-out fee for responding to an accident scene when toned-out by dispatch will be $300 and the hourly rate for a truck will be $200. All charges will be reviewed by a department officer and given to the town office, which will obtain accident reports from the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Office or the State Police and bill the insurance companies once a month.

The policy doesn’t need town meeting approval, the board agreed, but use of any money collected does. An article will be included in the annual town warrant seeking direction on its use.

In other business, the board approved a written policy relating to fill material from road work.

The abutting property owner gets first option on the material. If refused, it will go to the next closest site meeting town criteria, as determined by the highway foreman.

Selectmen also gave permission to Robert Pulsifer and Steve Mancine to leave copies of a fact sheet they compiled relative to the Batten Road right of way at the town office.

Permission was granted on the condition that the double-page sheet include a disclaimer that a meeting planned for 6:30 p.m. May 29 at the Community Building is conducted by a group of concerned citizens, not the Board of Selectpersons.

The road has been a controversial topic at recent board meetings and it will be the topic of an article at town meeting. They and some other people would like the road, which is now gated, to be open for public use as a convenience and to increase safety.

In other business, Schaub announced that Faith Nichols, who does general assistance work for Livermore Falls, will be acting general assistance director until Director Sheila Weed can return to her duties.

The board signed a contract for $90,000 with John E. O’Donnell & Associates of New Gloucester for a comprehensive revaluation. The work is to be done by Sept. 1, 2004, with final values as of April 1, 2004.

Permission also was given for the Maine Department of Transportation to do what is necessary in grading Keith Street, adjacent to Brettuns Beach, during the reconstruction project. DOT says the town owns the Brettuns Beach area, Schaub said.

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