RUMFORD – Selectmen decided this week to send a letter to the Fire Department union explaining that additional money will be needed to bring the fire station up to safety and other codes.

Town Manager Jim Doar said Fire Chief John Woulfe met with the board in closed session Thursday night to discuss a grievance filed by the firefighters’ union claiming that the fire station violated various codes.

Following the session, the board agreed to send the letter to the union.

Doar said that although such things as installation of a sprinkler system is required, along with safer separation between floors, the expense could be considerable.

He said the town is currently in the process of reworking a capital plan. It’s hoped that voters will approve that plan in June. In it will be a component calling for bringing the fire station up to code while not adding to the Fire Department budget.

A second closed session was held to hear a complaint lodged by resident Henry Zinck against Public Works Superintendent Andy Russell. Doar said the complaint involved a piece of municipal equipment.

He said the board will not take action on the matter until additional information is submitted. The complaint may be brought up again at the board’s Jan. 3 meeting.


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