Lee voters approve buying new fire engine

Friday October 5, 2012

LEE -- The town's volunteer fire department has the go-ahead to buy a new fire truck to replace one that's more than 30 years old.

At a special town meeting on Thursday night, voters unanimously approved spending $447,000 from the town's stabilization fund on a new fire engine. Since fiscal 2009, town meeting voters each year agreed to set aside money for the fire truck purchase.

Meanwhile, Thursday's special town meeting agreed to increase the town's property, liability and auto insurance funding, an appropriation of $12,000.

Town officials cited a revaluation of town property for insurance purposes and inflationary costs as reasons for the added funds.

Town Administrator Robert Nason said the increase occurred after the annual town meeting in May approved the town budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

While town meeting representatives unanimously supported the increase, they urged town officials to find an insurance carrier able to provide final figures before next year's annual town meeting.

Nason said the town will explore other insurers for fiscal 2014.


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