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Bowerbank to provide own fire services

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 23, June 04, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

BOWERBANK The town of Bowerbank has withdrawn from the Sebec Volunteer Firefighters Association to start its own municipal fire department.

Gary Wakeland, Bowerbank selectman and former chairman for the fire association's board of directors, confirmed Tuesday that residents voted at a special town meeting May 3 to withdraw, effective June 30.

The fire association, an independent corporation, historically has served the towns of Sebec, Bowerbank and Barnard. The board has consisted of selectmen from all three towns.

"The town has decided to contract our fire service out for the coming year, and work toward providing our own complete fire service," Wakeland said.

He said the town owns a fire truck and eight year-round residents have stepped forward willing to volunteer for the fire department. The year-round population of Barnard is around 100, while the town grows to about 2,000 in the summer.

The town is currently seeking bids for fire protection, starting July 1, he said, adding that, in the past, Bowerbank has budgeted $10,000 to $12,000 for fire protection. Selectmen will award the bid prior to the June 28 annual town meeting, as well as determine a budget for fire protection.

Buzz Small, chair of the Sebec selectmen and a member of the fire association board, said Monday evening that Bowerbank has withdrawn, but has asked the association to provide a bid for service in 2003-04.

Wakeland characterized the withdrawal from the fire assocation as "low key," and said, simply, "Bowerbank is a town that likes to provide its own services."

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