By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal
LIVERMORE FALLS — More than a dozen residents attended a public hearing October 2 on a proposal to use up to $10,000 from the town’s surplus fund to conduct a study of property for a new fire station.
Voters will consider the question at the polls, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Town Office.
Voters at the annual town meeting in June agreed to explore the possibility of building a fire station in the East Livermore section of town.
The town foreclosed on a property on Route 106 that has a mobile home and a garage. The property — about 3.5 acres — is near the entrance to Pine Ridge Loop mobile home park.
The money would be used to conduct a feasibility study on the property to determine if it is suitable for a fire station. Another property might be considered as well.
Former Selectman Tom Barker came to Fire Chief Edward Hastings IV in 2016 and told him there was some desire to have a fire station in the East Livermore section, according to Hastings.
It is a decision residents will have to make, he said, noting he was neither for nor against building another fire station.
At the meeting, the chief projected a map on a wall that identified residences that are not within 5 miles of a fire station. These residences include much of East Livermore.
Hastings said when people buy insurance for their homes, insurance companies notice when dwellings are more than 5 miles from a fire station, and this is reflected in owners’ premiums.
Town Manager Stephen Gould said the town-acquired property looks suitable for a fire station, but he was not sure if the well and the septic system are viable. A number of items would have to be checked.
Residents mentioned another piece of property owned by a Leeds resident that had been considered previously.
The town’s hydrant district goes from the Jay line to PalletOne on Route 133.
Some residents spoke in favor of building a station, while others had more questions.
“I don’t disagree that it would be nice to have a fire station in that area,” resident Bob Jones said.
He advised residents to consider that the town had just spent more than $700,000 to renovate the existing fire station, and there is need to upgrade firetrucks.