WOODSTOCK — Residents on Monday voted overwhelmingly to approve buying the former Maine Department of Transportation garage on Route 232 as a base for PACE Ambulance.

The article asked for $85,000 to buy the building, with $38,000 taken from the sale of the Billings Hill woodlot, $40,000 from the Spruce Mountain Wind project, and $7,000 from property taxes.

The $85,000 would “provide enough for the purchase price, and up to $13,000 for interior renovations,” Town Manager Vern Maxfield said.

At the beginning of 2015, Lorrinda Connelly and Norm Haggan of the MDOT offered the garage to the town for $125,000. The building hasn’t been used since the state built another one on Main Street in Dixfield 10 years ago.

The old garage is at 366 Route 232. 

The MDOT put the garage on the market for $150,000 originally, but eventually offered it to the town for $65,000, with the condition that it be used for transportation purposes.

In other business, residents voted to re-elect Chairman Ron Deegan to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, and Julie Davis to the School Administrative District 44 board.


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