LIVERMORE FALLS — The Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 Tuesday to rescind the March 17 vote to accept the former Livermore Falls High School and Middle School from Regional School Unit 73. Jeff Bryant abstained from voting.

“For those of us that went to school in this town, it is rather sad,” Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Louise Chabot said. “But, life moves on.”

Selectmen said they had problems with the restrictions placed on the town in the agreement written by RSU 73’s attorney. They voted March 17 to accept the buildings with the exception of some of the contents in them.

“When we made the vote, we didn’t have the drawing (of the property), we didn’t know what the restrictions were going to be,” Chabot said. “I don’t believe we can be held to a vote where we were not clearly informed of the restrictions.”

The restrictions mentioned details of how the town can use the facilities.

RSU 73 director Denise Rodzen of Livermore Falls said the RSU 73 board never had a chance to review the agreement with restrictions. She said she hadn’t seen it until Tuesday’s meeting.

When selectmen took their initial vote on the buildings in March, she said, the RSU 73 budget had nothing in it to maintain the buildings.

Selectman James Collins said he voted against accepting them in March because of the tremendous burden it would place on taxpayers.

“As written, we’ve got to walk away from it,” Selectman Ron Chadwick said. “At the present time, I just think it’s a little bit out of our reach.”

Also Tuesday, resident Meredith Carver said people aren’t complying with the town’s fireworks ordinance and it’s time to ban fireworks.

It has been three years since Maine voted to allow consumer fireworks, and two years since Livermore Falls enacted a fireworks ordinance with some restrictions on how they can be used in town.

“I’d like to ask the board to put it forth for a vote by the people,” she said.

Town Manager Kristal Flagg told her that it wouldn’t be voted on until the town meeting next June, if selectmen approved it. She mentioned that since July 2014, the town had received 15 fireworks-related calls.

Selectmen voted 5-0 to put a warrant article on the 2016 referendum ballot regarding fireworks.

The next selectmen’s meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

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