Freeport councilors OK spending for Fire Department

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FREEPORT — The Town Council on Tuesday set two public hearings and approved equipment requests from the Fire Department.

With two councilors absent and a light agenda, the Sept. 1 council meeting was concise, with every item approved. There was also an presentation on brown tail moths by Charlene Donahue, a representative of the Maine Forest Service.

A proposed ordinance amendment regarding open space for the “Rural Flexible Lot Developments” in the town’s zoning ordinance was tabled until Oct. 6. The item was already tabled from the Aug. 4 meeting. Both delays were because not enough councilors were present.

Two public hearings were set for Sept. 15.

One is to discuss renewing “automobile graveyard and/or junkyard” permits for Freeport Auto Parts, at 33 Allen Range Road and owned by John Ingerson, and for D.A.B., also known as Dave’s Junkyard, at 13 Allen Range Road, owned by David Bolduc.

The other public hearing is to discuss approving a liquor license for Olive Juice, at 117 U.S. Route 1.

Councilors also approved three expenditures for the Fire Department.

A “jaws of life” tool set will be purchased from the Hurst Co. for just under $30,250; loose equipment for a rescue pumper will be purchased from Industrial Protection Services for $18,205, and work will be done to the department’s communication system by RCM Communications for just over $36,100.

All of the Fire Department purchases are part of the town’s five-year capital plan.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

Freport Town Manager Peter Joseph, left, and Councilors Scott Gleeson, Sarah Tracy, Kristina Egan, Andy Wellen, and Jim Hendricks.

I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.