DOVER-FOXCROFT – A FEMA grant to secure funds to replace nearly 20 air packs for the Dover-Foxcroft fire department has not been successful. With the request denied, 19 Scott Air Packs will be purchased as part of a larger $ 1.
DOVER-FOXCROFT – A FEMA grant to secure funds to replace nearly 20 air packs for the Dover-Foxcroft fire department has not been successful. With the request denied, 19 Scott Air Packs will be purchased as part of a larger funding of $ 1.4 million for the department’s vehicles and equipment approved at a special town meeting in February.
The Dover-Foxcroft Selectboard authorized the purchase of 19 new air packs for $ 135,788 at a meeting on September 27. This will pay for two additional air packs over the 17 that had been requested at an initial estimate of $ 128,000.
Air packs currently in service are around three decades old and not as safety compliant as current models. The department requested funding from FEMA but wanted to secure the additional funding in the event that the request was rejected.
The jury also signed the financial documents for the fire department vehicle purchases.
“It would be fair, I believe, the final vote that we need,” said managing director Jack Clukey. He said the ladder truck purchased earlier in the year is now in service and a new pump truck to replace a 1999 model purchased new before the turn of the century is expected to be delivered next July.
Clukey said the only thing in question was funding for the air pack, which is now in place. “We will continue to try with this program for the next piece of equipment,” he said.
In early 2021, Fire Chief Joe Guyotte, Lt. Brian Gaudet and others in the department began working with three companies to replicate the features and size of the existing pump truck, and ended up recommending Allegiance Fire. & Rescue of Walpole, Massachusetts. .
The company makes a Pierce Enforcer 1500 GPM top mount pump for $ 702,965. If the full $ 682,241 is returned to the company within 15 days of full performance of the contract and performance guarantees, the balance due upon delivery will be zero dollars for a savings of $ 20,724.
After the 128-13 affirmative vote – about 90.8% – at a special town hall meeting in early February, Dover-Foxcroft officials drew up a plan to purchase the new scale truck.
The vote was for a $ 1.4 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture to immediately replace the 1993 ladder truck and begin replacing a 1999 pump truck with a new custom model, as well. than to buy replacement air packs. Of the $ 1.4 million, approximately $ 590,000 is for the ladder truck, $ 690,000 for the pump truck and $ 140,000 for the air bags.
The estimated interest rate is 2.125% and the estimated term is 30 years. The maximum interest payable over three decades is $ 507,540 for a combined total cost of $ 1,907,540.
The engine exploded in December in the ladder truck owned by the department since 2015. Due to the age of the vehicle, it is difficult to find a replacement engine and even more difficult to obtain a warranty for a period of time. prolonged. The new ladder trucks cost over a million dollars.
The 1993 Ladder Truck was the only such vehicle in the area, needed to reach the top of taller buildings such as The Mill Apartments, the Foxcroft Academy dormitory, the roof of the Northern Light Mayo Regional Hospital , the Piscataquis County Courthouse and the Piscataquis County Ice Rink.
Gaudet began looking for dealers across the country in early December, and a 2012 truck with a 100-foot ladder – which was in service at Virginia Beach – was located at Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. Guyotte, Deputy Chief Jerry Rollins and Firefighter Timothy Perkins traveled to northeast Alabama to inspect the ladder truck in person.
After some negotiation, a price of $ 590,000 was set with the 2012 ladder truck to be delivered to Dover-Foxcroft. The current truck was included in the transaction by being sold for $ 40,000 and transported south. The new truck comes with a three-year warranty that covers all components valued at $ 3,000 or more, and necessary warranty work can be performed in Auburn.
In other cases, Selectboard member Steve Grammont said the Nov. 2 municipal ballot included four issues relating to adult marijuana use. Four types of establishments are presented separately for consideration: adult marijuana retail stores, adult marijuana grow facilities, adult marijuana product manufacturing facilities, and marijuana testing facilities for adults. adults allowed in some land use districts.
“It’s basically an opinion poll,” Grammont said of the four questions. “It sets political direction, but not real policy. “
If a majority of residents indicate they are in favor, then policies and ordinances would begin to be developed for future municipal votes. If not in favor, related measures would not be continued.
The ballot will also include an article about the creation of mountain bike routes. The VTT article asks “Are you in favor of the Select Council creating access roads for snowmobiles and ATVs on certain public roads in order to facilitate access to snowmobile and ATV trails?” A favorable vote would allow the select committee to designate specific access routes at a later date.
The polling stations will be open for the referendum vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 at the gymnasium of the municipal building on Morton Avenue.
In July, city officials, members of the Dover Rovers ATV Club and the public discussed at length the proposed 1,400-foot extension of the existing ATV access road on Foxcroft Center Road. The extension would have lasted until the end of the season. The board did not approve the extension due to a tie vote of 3-3.
A motion containing the extension of Foxcroft Center Road, as well as a direction from the city to work with the Dover Rovers ATV Club to develop a question on access to ATVs on public roads to be placed in the November referendum, obtained a vote of 3-3 and was not approved.
Clukey said the ATV club is preparing a report for funding to relocate the trail. “They walked in this area and they don’t need to apply for a permit,” he said.
The city manager said members of the Dover Rovers ATV Club were also in talks with some neighboring landowners.
About a month after classes started, Dover-Foxcroft officials heard an update on Foxcroft Academy and the SeDoMoCha School.
“It was a good start to the school year under pandemic conditions,” said Arnold Shorey, school principal at Foxcroft Academy. He said that so far the high school has had only one positive case, which has forced only four people to self-quarantine.
“We haven’t lost a single game because of the quarantine,” Shorey said.
He said that currently around 83% of staff are vaccinated and around 200 students and employees participate in group testing. “The students are doing well with the COVID procedures that we need to put in place,” the school principal said.
Registrations are up 5% from last year to around 400.
Shorey said construction of the Jim Robinson Field House is going well. “The skeleton is in place and should be closed by winter,” he said.
Plans call for the sports facility to open in about a year for Homecoming 2022. Shorey said this weekend will also kick off Foxcroft Academy’s bicentennial. He said a bicentennial committee, which will include members of the public, will be formed.
RSU 68 Superintendent Stacy Shorey said JK-8 enrollments are 627.12 more than in 2020-21. She brought that number down to 330 in elementary school and 297 in middle school. College enrollment is about 60 less than two years ago.
When asked, Shorey said part of this was because the current fifth grade class had 16 fewer students than last year’s 8th grade and probably because some of the students were pursuing the home schooling.
So far at SeDoMoCha there have been eight positive cases and 25 students in quarantine – neither the school nor Foxcroft Academy has needed to switch to distance learning. Shorey said the staff vaccination rate was 78%.