WOODSTOCK – A town meeting is scheduled next week to vote on using the old fire station for a recreation center and accepting a $20,000 gift to finish the new fire station addition.

Selectmen on Tuesday set the meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the town office in Bryant Pond village. The first article is to rescind the March town meeting vote to sell the old fire station on Railroad Street; the second is to accept $20,000 to complete the new fire station addition and turn the old fire station into a recreation and community activity center. The $20,000 was given anonymously.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield said, “The recreation committee would rather see the old fire station renovated for an activity center in place of building a building at the recreation lot on Lakeshore Drive. The committee feels it would be a better location because it is more centrally located in the village area.

“The plan to sell the former fire station was two-fold,” he explained. “First, it was to raise money to go toward the addition to the new fire station; and second, to put an unused building back into use. Since the town meeting in March the town has received a gift to be used for youth and recreation needs and with that gift the idea to turn the old fire station into a recreation and community activity center has surfaced. The idea, with plans to have the selectmen oversee improvements and the building’s use, is supported by the Recreation Department and the Sports Boosters.”

The proposals require voter approval.

Along with the old fire station an adjacent lot with a well and septic system can be obtained by the Recreation Department by lease or purchase for its needs.

“As you can imagine there are many good and positive results that can come from this endeavor. It’s a win-win situation,” Maxfield said.

In other action Road Foreman Randy Eastman said he urgently needs a plow truck driver for this winter. The position requires at least a Class B driver’s license and a clean driving record.

“It wouldn’t be full time. I need someone who will be available to come in when I need him,” he said. Those interested should visit or phone the town office at 665-2668.

The next board meeting is Sept. 23.


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