WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Fire Department received a $10,000 grant to purchase two devices that will allow firefighters to tap into remote water supplies.

Fire Chief Kyle Hopps told the board Tuesday evening that the money from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation will allow him to buy two TurboDraft Fire Eductors.

“Compared to what we do now, which is get at least 30 feet away from the water supply to pump it, we’re able to move between 150 and 175 feet away and maintain the same water flow,” Hopps said. “It’s going to save us a lot of travel time and tankers.”

Hopps said the hoses have been ordered and will be delivered soon.

“Hopefully, once we’re trained to use the equipment, we can get our insurance rating lowered a little bit,” he said.

According to its website, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that promotes strengthening and supporting communities.


In other business, Code Enforcement Officer Joelle Whitman announced she submitted her resignation.

“I’ve really enjoyed the people in this town, and I’m going to miss working here,” Whitman told the board. “It’s just a matter of time management. This summer ended up being a good way of testing out how busy I would be.”

Whitman is also CEO for Norway and Greenwood.

“Well, you will be missed, that’s for sure,” Chairman Victor Young said.

Selectmen unanimously voted to set the tax rate for 2014-15 at 11.95 per $1,000 valuation. It’s 50 cents more than last year, Town Manager Vern Maxfield said.

“We decided to set it a bit higher, just to be safe,” Maxfield said.






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