Money for fire truck missing in South Thomaston
South Thomaston — South Thomaston Administrative Assistant John Spear has contacted the Attorney General's Office for assistance on what to do about $10,000 missing from the South Thomaston Fireman's Association, which disbanded in 2005.
The funds would go toward a new fire truck if voters approve the purchase at the upcoming town meeting, Tuesday, March 25, Spear said in a press release.
Spear told South Thomaston selectmen March 11 that recent efforts to find out who has approximately $10,000 in funds held by the long-disbanded South Thomaston Fireman’s Association have proven unsuccessful.
These funds were part of the assets held by the private nonprofit association when the organization disbanded in 2005. Under the association’s asset liquidation plan, the funds were to be turned over to the town to be used for the purchase of a class A pumper fire truck.
Despite repeated requests from the town over the years, the funds were never turned over, Spear said.
Minutes from a June 2010 select board meeting state former association member Colin Grierson said he and another person were in possession of the funds. He would not name the other person. Grierson acknowledged in the minutes the intention was to turn the funds over to the town, but he was not willing to do so at that time.
Spear reported to the select board March 11 that when he recently inquired about the status of the funds, Grierson told him that he that had taken his name off the account a few years back and had no idea where the funds were now. Spear noted that Grierson did tell him what bank he thought the funds were on deposit with, but inquiries by Spear with that bank have produced no new information concerning their current location or custodian.
Grierson also advised Spear that the two other names on the account were Willard Brown, who passed away in 2008, and John Farrell, who moved out of state several years ago and whose whereabouts are unknown to Spear. Spear noted that computer searches of state lost property databases also have been unsuccessful.
Spear indicated he has been in contact with Elizabeth Rowe at the Attorney General’s Office. Rowe advised him March 5 that she turned the documentation over to the Investigations Unit for review.
Spear also informed the board that he had very briefly discussed the matter with Knox County Sherriff Donna Dennison.