Board supports fire department policy manual

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Aug 28, 2014
Source: File

Hope — The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday, Aug. 26, to support Hope Volunteer Fire Department Inc.'s (HVFD Inc.) plan to compile a policy manual, including administrative duties, policies regarding operations and hiring, and more.

The vote was four in favor, with Selectman Wendy Pelletier abstaining, said Town Administrator Jon Duke in a phone conversation Wednesday, Aug. 27. Duke also said the fire department plans to hire a consultant to assist in producing the manual. Some of the policies will require approval by the selectmen.

In addition, HVFD Inc. is looking into adding a utility shed at the Hope Corner fire station, and is acquiring E911 signs with reflective numbers that can be placed at the roadside, which it will put up at residents' request, Duke said.

In addition to reporting on the fire department's plans, Fire Chief Clarence Keller said he wants to update the town's emergency operations plan, and will bring a draft of an updated plan to a future selectmen's meeting. Keller also suggested having a town-wide emergency response drill that would include Hope Elementary School. The drill may be scheduled for later in the fall, Duke said.

In other business, Duke presented to the Board a draft of a letter to Maine Department of Environmental Protection asking for an update on the status of the former Union Chemical property.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Town Office, when the agenda is slated to include bids on work to be done on the South Hope fire station and a workshop on animal control, Duke said.

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