Town residents received an anonymous mailer that includes false information about Westmoreland’s proposed fire station, reports SentinelSource.com.
A section of the mailer titled “Facts about the Fire House Fraud” claimed the fire station will cost $5 million. A fire official described the mailer as “disrespectful.” The total cost of the new station, including interest on the $2.27 million bond that would pay for it, would not exceed $2,893,500.
The current station was built in 1954 and has inadequate space for equipment and cannot accommodate certain health and safety protocols.
The proposed 6,400 square-foot station would be built on town-owned land behind town hall.
The fire department posted to Facebook, “We will be at the Transfer Station today and at the current FD for your questions. This project has been the culmative work of 6 years from the original FD building committee to the Town official FD Building Committee that was created in 2018. 4 townspeople and 4 firefighters worked together with volunteers in the building industry to bring you this proposal. The board of Selectman do support this warrant article for the town. Please if you have questions, feel free to come and talk with us Today.”