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2010/12/15 Minutes
Sebago Fire and Rescue Building Task Force

Minutes from Meeting of December 15, 2010

Meeting opened at 6:01 pm at the Standish Town Offices.

In attendance were Jim Smith, Ken Littlefield, Alan Greene, Carl Dolloff, Phil Strike, Tim Smith, Anita Chadbourne,  Ann Farley, and Allen Crabtree from Sebago.  Town Manager Gordon Billington, Fire Chief Brent Libby. Councilor Phil Pomolo, Councilor Margaret Spencer and Deputy Fire Chief Robby Caron were there from Standish.

1.      Site Selection – Jim described the area at the Shaw/Crowe pit off Route 114 that we are looking at.  Meetings with the owners, Shaw Brothers, have been positive, and we are at the point where we are close to developing a draft purchase agreement for the 3-acre site.

Assignment – Jim will follow up with Shaw Brothers for our next meeting and develop a draft purchase agreement for the land for review.

2.      Participation by Standish –  There was a great deal of discussion about what type of apparatus Standish would locate in the new Sebago station, the capacity in water it could carry, and maintenance and replacement.  Brent went through several options they were considering, including moving an existing engine there and then replacing it with a new one in 8-10 years.  Gordon said that Standish would want to have a long term (15-20 year) agreement to cover maintenance and replacement of the apparatus.

Phil Pomolo commented that Standish can’t commit to a providing a new tanker but was agreeable to a long term agreement.  Standish would be hard pressed to move up such a replacement on their CIP list ahead of other vehicles.  He wanted to know if a 3,000 tanker is available used?  Standish would pay all of the maintenance for whatever apparatus was placed in Sebago’s new station as well as their share of the building operational costs (heat, utilities).  

Gordon emphasized the need and the benefits for having fire intern student housing at the new Sebago station.

Alan suggested that Sebago’s goal is to replace our Tank 2 with a pumper/tanker with a mid-ship pump to provide expanded fire suppression capabilities.  There are more ways to resolve this problem while still providing appropriate fire protection.  He suggested that perhaps Sebago could keep planning to replace Tank 2 within our CIP and use Standish’s Engine 1 to replace Sebago’s Engine 2 at Station 1, thus freeing up CIP funds saved so far for Engine 2’s replacement for construction of the new fire station (with voter approval).

Assignment – The two fire chiefs will meet to develop an initial draft of an agreement between Standish and Sebago for placing a piece of apparatus in Sebago, and bring it to the next meeting..

Next meeting of the task force is on Tuesday, January 18, at 6pm at the Sebago town offices.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.